What Type of Flower Represents Hope?

Flowers are used as symbols of emotions since ancient times. Nearly everyone recognizes a red rose as the symbol of true love and a white rose as a symbol of purity, but additional types of symbolism may be harder to recognize, partly since the symbolism of a blossom depends in part on the time and place. Several flowers deliver the message of trust in varying types.


Red chrysanthemums (Dendranthema x grandiflorum) symbolize trust, love, rest and wonderful friendship in the USA, but in Italy chrysanthemums symbolize death. Red Chrysanthemums are an proper gift for close friends and fans. These hardy daisylike flowers can be either hardy perennials that thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 or 4 through 12, according to the cultivar, or tender annuals grown in pots or containers.


The iris (Iris xiphium) symbolizes trust, cherished friendship and valor and is actually the inspiration for the fleur-de-lis. Which symbolizes the royal family of France and is the state emblem for Tennessee. This hardy bulb thrives in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9 and can be suitable as a present for dear friends or loved ones. The Chinese people refer to the Iris as the “Purple Butterfly” because it reminds them of fluttering butterflies. A present of iris lights brings hope with each returning spring.

Bachelor’s Button

The blue cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), or bachelor’s preference, has been the symbol of trust in love and thrives a summer annual in most USDA plant hardiness zones. In actuality, based on folklore, a young guy could predict the strength of his lady’s love by wearing a bachelor’s button at his button hole. If the color faded quickly, his lady’s love was not true, but when the shade remained strong, he knew her love was strong, too. Bachelor’s buttons are appropriate gifts for those in love or hoping to build a romantic relationship.

Fruiting Trees

A sprig of spring blossoms symbolizes hope as the cold dark days of winter transform in the bright spring sunlight. A scent of peach, pear or almond blossoms is appropriate as pick-me-up for family and friends or a unique gift to the elderly. The blossoms symbolize the need for great things to come.

Snow Drops and Anemones

Snow drops (Galanthus nivalis) symbolize the hope for a friend in need, while anemones (Coronaria) represent the end of cold, dark days and the return of sunlight. Snow drops make appropriate gifts for friends that are struggling with a difficult time and represent the hope that the darkness will lift and light will return shortly, while anemones are appropriate for almost anyone. Both snowdrops and anemones are hardy perennials in USDA zones 5 through 8 and can be grown as annuals in different zones.

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