Top 10 Valentine’s Day Flowers and What They Mean

Canadians are huge fans of Valentine’s Day, with 81 percent celebrating love with their significant other on February 14th. Additionally, 52 percent of Canadians include other family members in their celebration.

Flowers are one of the top three Valentine gifts in this country, along with candy and cards. Sweethearts in Alberta and Quebec spend the most on flowers for Valentine’s Day.

The floral industry in Canada is thriving. The most recent stats from Statistics Canada indicate 3.6 million rose stems were produced in Canada in 2018. 12.4 million dozen cut roses (valued at $76.1 million) were imported in 2017, primarily from Ecuador and Colombia.

Valentine’s Day Flowers & What They Mean

The reason some flowers are more popular than others for Valentine’s Day, is each type of flower can mean different things. Make sure you’re conveying the right message by learning about the romantic meanings of the top 10 flowers listed here. If you want to see examples of stunning bouquets featuring these flowers, there’s a fabulous selection of Valentine’s Day arrangements at Just Flowers.

1. Red Roses are always a popular pick for Canadian cupids. In fact, 51 percent of people who purchase flowers for Valentine’s Day prefer red roses. Their colour is perfect for the holiday and roses reflect romance, passion and beauty. If red isn’t your thing, there are upwards of 150 varieties of roses in every shade to choose from.

2. Carnations have a lot to offer your Valentine, conveying just how much she intrigues you while acknowledging her femininity. The message is especially appropriate for new relationships. Carnations last a long time and they usually cost less than roses.

3. Lilies convey respect, elegance and sophistication, with Valentine shades of red, pink and white.

4. Gerbera Daisies signify beauty and innocence in a full range of shades, including red, pink and white.

5. The meaning of Tulips depends on their colour, but generally they symbolize love, respect, passion and courage. Red tulips are a declaration of love, scarlet reflects perfect love, yellow signifies hopeless love, pink represents a fresh start and white asks for forgiveness.

6. The long-lasting blooms of the Orchid are associated with love, beauty and strength.

7. Sunflowers represent loyalty and happiness.

8. Gardenias convey happiness and old-fashioned love.

9. Peonies mean romance and shyness, and bring luck with them.

10. Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria) signify fresh starts, new romance and devotion.

Other popular flowers for Valentine’s Day include Hibiscus (fragile beauty & admiration), Lotus (separated love), Lily of the Valley (reconciliation and return of happiness) and for a little greenery, Ivy (wedded love).

Keep in mind that you don’t have to order fresh cut flowers. Blooming plants, bulbs or seeds might appeal more to your practical Valentine and can trigger romantic memories for years to come.

Valentines Day Flowers Meanings Infographic

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Which flowers will you give to your Valentine this year, and what meaning will they have for you both?


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