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15 Flower Meanings: Discover The Significance of Each Bloom

Kailee Palileo 15 May 2023
dark purple anemone and yellow garden rose up close in a bouquet

Flowers have long held symbolic meanings, allowing us to communicate emotions and messages through their enchanting beauty. Among the captivating world of blooms, focal flowers, with their captivating presence and distinct characteristics, hold a special significance. These magnificent blossoms effortlessly command attention and serve as the focal point in floral arrangements. Today, we will delve into the meanings behind some popular focal flowers, unlocking the secret language they speak and exploring how their inclusion can add depth and intention to your floral designs. Explore the enchanting language of flowers with these 15 captivating blooms:

pink focal flower alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is a beautiful flower that represents fortune, devotion and friendship. Alstroemeria comes in a wide variety of shades, including white, pink, red, orange, purple and yellow. You can even find them in rare royal or grape purple. They’re often two-toned and freckled, giving them a bit more depth and interest. A single stem has an average of four blooms, along with some great sword-shaped greenery that adds color and volume.

pink focal flower amaryllis

Amaryllis

Amaryllis symbolizes pride, determination and radiant beauty. The word "amaryllis" comes from the Greek word "amaryssein," which means "to sparkle.” Often associated with the holidays, amaryllis are commonly used in festive centerpieces or within a wreath. There’s no wrong way to use these hardy blooms.  Amaryllis is a wonderfully versatile flower that packs a big punch with several show-stopping blooms on each broad stem.

red and pink focal flower anemones

Anemones

Also known as windflowers, anemones symbolize anticipation and are thought to bring luck and protect against evil. They're a highly sought-after wedding flower that comes in a variety of both natural and tinted shades. Colors include red, hot pink, burgundy, blue and purple. If you’re not a fan of the black centers, they’re also available with pale green centers! Pair anemones with larkspur and waxflower to attain an on-trend wildflower look!

light pink focal flower anthurium

Anthurium

Tropical anthurium is an exotic flower that symbolizes hospitality and also represents kindness, making these heart-shaped blooms a perfect addition to your home. These flowers have a waxy appearance and come in six vibrant colors. They pair well with other standout blooms like protea, orchids, and roses.

white focal flower astilbe

Astilbe

The astilbe flower is also known as false spirea, false goat’s beard, or feather flower and they are said to have the meaning of “I will be waiting for you’ or ‘I’ll still be waiting,” symbolizing patience and dedication to a loved one. But don’t let their delicate look fool you, they are actually pretty hardy flowers. The flowers sit on strong green stems above airy, green foliage. Each stem features a plume of feather-shaped branches that hold clusters of small flowers, resulting in a beautiful, feathery soft bloom. Astilbe is available in white, red and several shades of pink.

red focal flower bouvardia

Bouvardia

Bouvardia symbolizes enthusiasm, and are named in honor of Charles Bouvard, who ran the Royal Gardens in Paris during the reign of Louis XIII. Bouvardia features beautiful clusters of flowers shaped like stars on delicate branches, and are available in yellow, pink, red, peach and white. Bouvardia is also referred to as royal katty, albatross and pink luck.

orange focal flower bird of paradise

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise symbolizes joy and paradise. This tropical flower (a.k.a. the crane flower) also represents faithfulness, thoughtfulness and love. The hard, beak-like part of the flower is known as spathe, and gives the flower the appearance of a bird's head and beak since it is perpendicular to the stem. Once bloomed, each stem features three vibrant orange petals and three blue petals.

orange focal flower celosia

Celosia

Celosia, also known as coxcomb, symbolize uncomplicated affection. They are sought after for their incredible texture and unusual style. We offer both coxcomb and feather varieties in numerous striking colors. Our coxcomb celosia has a fan-shaped bloom with velvet frills. On average, the bloom size is 3-5 inches and has a stem length of 30 inches long. The feather variety is just as unique, its multiple laterals create a feathery-like look and have a soft touch too. These coral-like flowers blend fabulously with garden roses, billy balls, protea, snapdragons and the list goes on.

pale orange focal flower chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

This cheerful flower has been said to symbolize fidelity, optimism, joy and long life. Often called mums, these fun blossoms can also convey loyal love, hope and cherished friendship. They’re known to be long-lasting, low-maintenance and very affordable. Pair white chrysanthemums with lisianthus, roses, Queen Anne’s lace, and seeded eucalyptus for a classic bouquet.

pink and white focal flower daffodil

Daffodils

Daffodils are a springtime staple that signifies rebirth and new beginnings. These star-shaped blooms tend to be overlooked and under-appreciated, but they have so much potential. Daffodils are both beautiful and affordable. In addition to their bright, classic color, daffodils are also offered in a combination of both, white and yellow, and orange and white. They also come in all-white, too. No matter the shade, you'll find daffodils in both standard, mini and double varieties.

light pink focal flower delphinium

Delphinium

Delphinium represents lightheartedness and vivacity. What a beautiful flower meaning! The English word delphinium comes from the Greek word for dolphin, which is delphis. The name is fitting, thanks to the long and lean shape of flower that looks like the gentle mammal of the sea. Delphinium is also commonly known as larkspur.

pink and white focal flower gerbera daisies

Gerbera Daisies

A part of the daisy family, gerbera daisies specifically conveys cheerfulness. How could you not be cheerful with these bold blooms? They’re widely known as a flower for all seasons and they come in both, standard and mini varieties. With more than 10 colors to pick from and a variety of different textures, you're bound to find the perfect flower for your design.

white focal flower hyacinth

Hyacinth

Hyacinths represent playfulness and sport. Greek legend has it that a young man Hyakinthos was loved by the Gods, and when he was killed by a discus, the flower that grew from his blood was christened a hyacinth in his name. Hyacinth come in an array of colors, including a beautiful farm mix pack. These fragrant flowers have multiple star-shaped blooms, delicately clustered toward the top of each stem. Although their stem length is not very long (on average around 10 inches long–bloom included), they can be easily incorporated into any tall arrangement with the help of a pick and floral wire.

purple focal flower lilac

Lilac

Lilac has different flower meanings throughout different cultures and times, for example, magenta lilac is said to symbolize love and passion, where as lilac (the soft purple color) is said to symbolize a first love. Lilac is an excellent choice for adding texture and fullness to an arrangement. They come in beautiful shades of purple, white and blush. They're offered in three varieties, which are standard, premium and designer.

brown and cream focal flower tulip

Tulips

Tulips tend to mostly be associated with sweet, pastel-hued floral arrangements around Easter time. However, tulips are capable of packing a serious punch in terms of color, texture, and volume in everything from bouquets to aisle arrangements. Given that tulips represent the perfect love, adding them to your bridal bouquet signifies a declaration of your love and faithfulness to your partner. In addition to standard tulips — which can showcase some really cool multi-tonal centers — you can also choose from feathered fringe tulips, large french tulips, bold double tulips, and ruffly parrot tulips! 

Focal flowers hold the power to speak volumes through their inherent symbolism. By incorporating flowers like alstroemeria, daffodils, or lilac as focal points in your floral designs, you infuse your arrangements with profound meanings that enrich the visual beauty. These flowers become messengers of love, abundance, joy, sophistication, and purity, elevating your creations beyond mere aesthetics.

So, the next time you design a bouquet or centerpiece, let the language of focal flowers weave a narrative that conveys your emotions, intentions, and desires. Allow these remarkable blooms to tell a story through their silent but powerful symbolism, leaving a lasting impression on those who behold their mesmerizing beauty. 

At FiftyFlowers, we offer a wide selection of wholesale flowersDIY flower combos, and Ready to Go Arrangements for your wedding, bridal shower, and everything in between. Our flowers ship FREE, directly from the farms to your arms, guaranteeing the best price and freshest quality. We're here to help you throughout your flower journey. Follow us on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest for inspiration, tips, and trends.

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