This Bud's For You: 8 Valentine's Day Flowers & What They Mean

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This Bud's For You: 8 Valentine's Day Flowers & What They Mean
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Though all flowers are beautiful in their own way, it's the deeper meaning they convey that can make all the difference come gifting time. Whether celebrating a holiday or special occasion, such as Valentine's Day or an anniversary, or sending her a bouquet just because, doing a little extra research on each flower in your bouquet demonstrates that you went the extra mile. Several types of flowers make exceptional choices for a romantic gesture.

Gardenia
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Gardenia

Gardenias are a soft, white flower native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australia. Gardenias represent purity and sweetness and also indicate a secret love or crush. Gift them to a special someone you've had your eye on, but haven't revealed your true feelings for.

Bird of Paradise
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Bird of Paradise

The bird of paradise gets its name from its peculiar shape. The flower is wildly colorful and has the silhouette of a regal bird with a pomp of feathers atop its head. Bird of paradise symbolizes joy, happiness and magnificence, say ECBD Flower Store. It's a celebratory flower that's ideal for a committed couple anticipating a sublime future together.

Lily
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Lily

Lilies come in all different shades and types, including calla lily, day lily and lily-of-the-valley. Each represents something a little different, so select your bouquet accordingly. A calla lily symbolizes majestic beauty, day lilies symbolize coquetry, simple white lilies symbolize majesty and purity and lily-of-the-valley symbolizes purity and sweetness. Stay away from orange lilies, which represent disdain, according to iFlorist.com.

Tulips
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Tulips

Tulips are synonymous with early spring, as they're one of the first flowers to peak out of the ground after a long winter. This flower comes in a variety of hues, as well, and makes an ideal choice for long-standing couples who value their friendship with each other as much as their romance. ECBD Flower Store says that red tulips represent a declaration of love and variegated tulips represent beautiful eyes.

Roses
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Roses

You can't go wrong with a bouquet of roses, especially if you select them in her favorite color. Roses serve as an absolute declaration of love, affection and admiration. Red roses symbolize deep love, white roses symbolize pure and innocent love, pink roses symbolize gentle emotions such as joy and gratitude, orange roses symbolize passion and lavender roses symbolize "love at first sight." If you're buying for a friend, choose yellow roses, which symbolize a valued, caring friendship.

Chrysanthemum
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Chrysanthemum

In general, chrysanthemums are an ideal choice for romantic lovers who've seen each other through thick and thin. Jennifer Schultz Nelson of the horticulture branch at the University of Illinois Extension says that chrysanthemums symbolize fidelity and are a great choice for those celebrating an anniversary. Red conveys love and white conveys truth and loyalty.

Daisies
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Daisies

To demonstrate a loyal love, opt for the classic white and yellow daisy. It symbolizes a gentle love that's both innocent and pure. If you want to add a little color to the mix, try a gerbera daisy, which conveys cheerfulness.

Orchids
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Orchids

The exotic orchid is an excellent pick for the refined, elegant woman in your life. It too demonstrates a deep love and commitment. In addition, it symbolizes glorious femininity, thoughtfulness and mature charm. If she has exquisite taste, you can't go wrong with an exquisite orchid.

Gloxinia
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Gloxinia

Gloxinia is a less common flower, but it's an exceptional choice for hopeless romantics. According to iFlorist, gloxinia represents love at first sight, so gift an entire bouquet of the deep red flower to show just how head over heels you were from the very moment you met.

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