Anthurium: This flower is shaped like a red heart and is quite popular in Japan. It symbolizes happiness and abundance.
Carnation: These are popular gifts on Mother’s Day and represent pride and beauty. The red ones are more for love and admiration, while the pink ones symbolize the love of a mother. Be careful with the yellow ones because they stand for disdain, rejection, and disappointment.
Chrysanthemum: Another popular flower in Japan with meanings that vary by color. Red is for love, and white is for truth and loyalty.
Daffodil: This flower is used to represent the Canadian Cancer Society. It symbolizes regard and chivalry. It also alludes to rebirth, new beginnings, and eternal life.
Daisy: These are cute flowers that symbolize innocence and purity. The daisy is also the subject of a very old and beloved song “Daisy Bell” that was written in 1892.
Heather Lavender: The white one symbolizes protection and the hope that wishes will come true. Lavender is also widely used in baking sweets and brewing tea.
Hydrangea: Many students I know have these growing in their backyards or on their balconies. It symbolizes heartfelt emotions and can be used to express gratitude.
Peony: Although beautiful, these flowers attracted the most ants in my mother’s garden. The blossoms were practically overflowing with ants. But they are one of the more positive flowers, symbolizing a happy marriage, happy life, and good health.