Flowers: they're pretty, they smell good, and they make some of us sneeze. What else is there to know? Well as it turns out, quite a bit. Throughout history, different varieties, colors, and combinations of flowers have been encoded with specific meanings and messages, allowing suitors to profess their undying devotion right under the oblivious noses of watchful chaperones, or frenemies to shade each other without resorting to overt hostility. These days, most coded communication of this sort is accomplished through a mix of emojis and vaguebooking, but the secret language of flowers has not been entirely lost or forgotten. If you're planning on giving a bouquet this Mother's Day, make sure you're sending mom the right message (and avoiding anything wildly inappropriate) by studying this primer on flower slang first!
To begin with, we made a chart of popular flowers and the secret meanings their color varieties have. If you want a bright pop in you're Mother's Day arrangement, may we suggest the yellow chrysanthemum (precious) over the yellow carnation (rejection, disdain, disappointment)? And if your heart is set on roses, perhaps go pink (grace, gratitude, youth, energy) over orange (desire, passion).