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From beauty, passion to even death, flowers come in different types and colours each symbolising various meanings and occasions. Flowers can be for casual gifts, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, condolences and loads more.
If you’re a fan of flowers, you might know these types of common flowers. But to those who haven’t got a clue what baby breaths even are, well this list is for you.
Send this list to your flower virgin friends or partners to get them well acquainted with the types of common flowers. Who knows, this could be a subtle way to tell them your favourite flower. Valentines Day is coming, you know.
The most mainstream of it all. It’s impossible to not know this one. Roses come in different varieties and colours and are generally associated with love and romance.
Fun Fact about Roses: Apart from being the national flower of the United States of America, did you know that you can eat roses? What?!?
No wonder Lily is one of the most popular flower names for a girl, they’re gorgeous flowers! While a lot of flowers have the name lily in them but are not actually lilies (e.g. Calla Lily, Water Lily, Daylily), true lilies come from the genus Lilium. They signify purity and fertility.
Fun Fact about Lilies: They may be ranked the 4th most popular flower across the globe, but sadly, they can also be poisonous for your cats.
Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except for Antarctica! Representing innocence, purity and true love, Daisies comes in different types, colours and sizes. The most common Daisy is called the English/Lawn Daisy or Bellis Perennis (the white petals with yellow disc floret).
Fun Fact about Daisies: They are actually two flowers in one! The petals count as one flower while the cluster in the middle is considered the other flower.
Known to be an exotic type of flower, this popular houseplant is associated with fertility, virility and sexuality. Uhh, be careful to whom you give these. Orchids come in different shapes of flowers, some impersonating bees, spiders and even monkeys.
Fun Fact about Orchids: Apart from having a long lifespan with the correct care, did you know that vanilla beans come from a type of Orchid?!?
The name Tulip originated from the Persian word for “dulband” (turban), as the full bloom bulb looks like a turban. They are known to symbolize perfect or deep love, rebirth and charity.
Fun Fact about Tulips: Although native to Central Asia as a wildflower, now, Holland is the largest producer of Tulips, exporting around 3 billion bulbs per year.
Also known by Chrysanths or Mums, these flowers can carry the meaning of happiness, life, respect and even sympathy (Europeans associate them with funeral flowers). They are one of the four noble plants in Chinese culture, along with plum blossoms, orchids, and bamboo.
Coming from the same family as the Daisy, Sunflowers are called so because of their tendency to position themselves to face the sun. These yellow, vibrant and large flowers signify joy, positivity, and loyalty.
Fun Fact about Sunflowers: Apart from being Ukraine’s national flower, their spiral seeds follow the Fibonacci sequence. You can give this to your mathematician friends.
Fun Fact about Carnations: Red Carnations are the national flowers of Spain and Slovenia.
Native to Asia and South America, hydrangeas come in large balls of petals and can be in various colours from pink to blue. While it varies across colours, they represent gratitude, apology and heartfelt emotions.
Fun Fact about Hydrangeas: Although Hydrangea Serrata’s leaves are usually used to make tea, most Hydrangeas flowers are considered moderately toxic if ingested (contain cyanogenic glycosides). They’re not like roses, that’s for sure.
10. Baby’s Breaths
These little cute tiny flowers are usually used as filler flowers, the ones used to bulk in flower arrangements, much like the purple statice flowers. Living up to their name, these flowers are associated with innocence (perfect for baby showers) and everlasting love (commonly used in weddings).
Fun Fact about Baby’s Breaths: Some parts of the plant can be used in cuisine while the flower itself has chemicals called saponins which have possible anti-cancer fighting properties.
Worthy Mentions: Irises, Daffodils, Alstroemerias,
Just to add some extra types of flowers you might see before but don’t know their names.
Irises come in all colours but they are breathtaking in blue and purple. Traditional Daffodils are usually yellow or white. Alstroemerias are usually called Peruvian Lillies and that’s why they look like lilies.
So, impress your significant other with these types of flowers you just learned. You can also surprise them with a bouquet of these mixed flowers once in a while. Just make sure your significant other is not allergic to pollen. That could make a messy Valentines Day.