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The Language of Flowers

Flowers were used for much more than just decoration in the Victorian Era. Each flower had a special meaning and were used to communicate messages to other people.  A suitor never called on a young lady without presenting a Tussy Mussy.  Historically, Tussy means flowers and mussy means wet moss, which kept the flowers moist.  Deciphering the meaning of a Tussy Mussy was done with the Tussy Dictionary to try to interpret a suitor's true intentions.

 

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  • APPLE BLOSSOM - Preference, Better Things to Come, Good Fortune

  • ASPARAGUS FERN - Fascination

  • ASPHODEL - My Regrets Follow You to the Grave

  • ASTER - Symbol of Love, Daintiness, Talisman of Love

  • AZALEA - Take Care, Fragile, Passion, Chinese Symbols of Womanhood

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  • BABY'S BREATH - Innocence

  • BACHELOR BUTTON -Celibacy

  • BALM - Sympathy

  • BALSAM - Ardent Love

  • BEGONIA - Beware, A Fanciful Nature

  • BELLS OF IRELAND - Good luck

  • BIRD OF PARADISE - Often given today from a woman to man as a symbol of faithfulness

  • BUTTERCUP - Childishness, Riches

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  • CALLA LILY - Magnificent Beauty

  • CAMELLIA - Admiration, Perfection, Good Luck Gift for a Man, Gratitude

  • CARNATION - Fascination, Devoted Love

  • CATTAIL - Peace, Prosperity

  • CHAMOMILE - Energy

  • CHERRY BLOSSOM  - Education

  • CHICORY - Frugality

  • CHRYSANTHEMUM  - Abundance & Wealth, Cheerfulness, Friendship

  • CLEMATIS - Artifice (ingenuity)

  • COLUMBINE (RED) - Anxious

  • CROCUS - Cheerfulness, Abuse not, Gladness

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  • DAFFODIL - Regard, Unrequited Love, Sunshine, Respect

  • DAHLIA - Dignity and Elegance, Forever Thine

  • DAISY - Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never tell, Purity, Beauty

  • DANDELION - Faithfulness, Happiness, Love's oracle

  • DELPHINIUM - Big-Hearted, Fun

  • DOG ROSE - Pleasure and Pain

  • DOGWOOD (FLOWERING) - Am I Indifferent to You?

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  • EDELWEISS/ALPINE CUDWEED - Daring, Courage, Noble Purity

  • ELDER FLOWER - Zeal

  • MAYFLOWER/TRAILING ARBUTUS - Budding

  • EUPHORBIA - Persistence

  • EVERLASTING - Never Ceasing Memory

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  • FERN - Magic, Fascination, Confidence, Shelter

  • FLOWERING REED - Confide in Heaven

  • FORGET ME NOT - True Love, Memories

  • FORSYTHIA - Anticipation

  • FOXGLOVE/FAIRY THIMBLES - Stateliness, Youth

  • FOXTAIL GRASS - Sporting

  • FREESIA - Innocence, Trust

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  • GARDENIA - You're lovely, Secret love, Purity, Refinement

  • GERANIUM - True Friend, Stupidity, Folly

  • GERBERA - Innocence

  • GLADIOLI - Generosity, I'm sincere, Flower of the gladiators

  • GOLDEN-ROD - Be cautious, Encouragement

  • GRASS - Homosexual Love

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  • HEATHER (LAVENDER) - Admiration, Solitude

  • HEATHER (WHITE) - Protection, Wishes will come true

  • HIBISCUS - Consumed by Love, Delicate Beauty

  • HOLLY - Defense, Domestic Happiness, Am I forgotten

  • HONEYSUCKLE - The Bond of Love

  • HUCKLEBERRY - Faith, Simple Pleasures

  • HYACINTH  - Games & Sports, Flower dedicated to Apollo

  • HYDRANGEA - Thank you for understanding, frigidity, heartlessness

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  • IRIS - Faith, Wisdom, Promise in Love, Hope, Wisdom & Valor

  • IRIS (YELLOW) - Passion

  • IRIS (GERMAN) - Flame

  • IVY - Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection

  • JASMINE (INDIAN) - Attachment

  • JASMINE (SPANISH) - Sensuality

  • JASMINE (YELLOW) - Modesty, Grace, Elegance

  • JASMINE (WHITE) - Amiability

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  • LADY'S SLIPPER - Win me, Capricious Beauty

  • LAVENDER - Love, Devotion,

  • LEMON BLOSSOM - Fidelity in Love; I Promise to be True

  • LILAC (GENERAL) - Beauty, Pride

  • LILY (GENERAL) - Majesty & Honor, Purity of Heart

  • LILY (CALLA) - Beauty

  • LILY (TIGER) - Wealth, Pride, Prosperity

  • LILY OF THE VALLEY - Sweetness, Happiness, Humility

  • LOTUS - Estranged love, Forgetful of the Past

  • LUCERNE - Life

  • LUPINE - Imagination

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  • MAGNOLIA - Nobility, Perseverance, Nobility

  • MARIGOLD (COMMON) - Pretty Love, Sacred, Caress, Sorrow

  • MARJORAM - Joy, Happiness

  • MEADOW SAFFRON - My Best Days Are Gone

  • MIMOSA - Secret Love

  • MISTLETOE - Kiss me, Affection, Difficulties, Sacred plant of India,

  • MORNING GLORY - Affection

  • MOSS - Maternal Love, Charity

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  • NARCISSUS - Formality, Stay As Sweet As You Are

  • OAK LEAVES - Bravery

  • OLEANDER - Caution

  • OLIVE BRANCH - Peace

  • ORANGE BLOSSOM - Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage, Fruitfulness

  • ORANGE, MOCK - Deceit

  • ORCHID - Love, Beauty, Refinement, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtfulness

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  • PANSY - Thoughts (You Occupy My Thoughts)

  • PASSION FLOWER - Faith, Religious Fervor

  • PEACH BLOSSOM - I am your Captive

  • PEONY - Shame, Happy Marriage, Compassion, Bashfulness

  • PEPPERMINT - Cordiality

  • PERIWINKLE - Early Recollections, Pleasures of Memories, Sweet Memories

  • PETUNIA - Your Presence Soothes Me

  • PHLOX - Our souls are united, Unanimity

  • PINK- Pure Affection

  • POPPY  - Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination

  • POMEGRANATE FLOWER - Elegance

  • PRIMROSE - I Can't Live Without You

  • PUSSY WILLOW - Motherhood

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  • RHODODENDRON - Beware, I am Dangerous

  • ROSE (CHRISTMAS)- Relieve my anxiety

  • ROSE (CORAL) - Desire

  • ROSE (DARK CRIMSON) - Mourning

  • ROSE (LAVENDER) - Enchantment

  • ROSE (ORANGE) - Fascination

  • ROSE (PINK) - Perfect Happiness, Secret Love, Grace & Sweetness

  • ROSE (PEACH) - Immortality, Modesty

  • ROSE (RED) - Love, I love you, Respect, Beauty

  • ROSE (TEA) - I'll Remember - Always

  • ROSE (WHITE) - Innocence, Purity, Humility,  Secrecy, Silence

  • ROSE (WHITE & RED TOGETHER) - Unity, Flower Emblem of England

  • ROSE (YELLOW) - Joy, Jealousy, Friendship (one yellow rose with 11 red ones means love & passion)

  • ROSES (Bouquet of full bloom) - Gratitude

  • ROSES (Single full bloom) - I truly love you, Simplicity.

  • ROSE-OF-SHARON - Consumed by Love

  • ROSEMARY - Remembrance

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  • SAGE - Wisdom, Great Respect, Speedwell Female Fidelity

  • SHAMROCK - Lightheartedness

  • SNAPDRAGON - Gracious Lady, Strength

  • SNOWDROP - Hope, Consolation

  • SPEARMINT - Warm Sentiment

  • STRAW FLOWER - Agreement

  • SUNFLOWER (TALL) - False riches, Pride

  • SUNFLOWER ( DWARF) - Adoration

  • SWEETPEA - Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time

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  • TRUMPET FLOWER - Separation

  • TULIP - Perfect Lover, Fame, Flower Emblem of Holland

  • TURNIP - Charity

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  • VENUS FLYTRAP - Caught at Last

  • VIOLET - Modesty, Virtue, Affection

  • VIRGIN'S BOWER/CLEMATIS - Filial Love

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  • WALL FLOWER - Faithful in Adversity, Fidelity, Lasting Beauty

  • WINDFLOWER - Sincerity, Symbol of Love

  • WINTERGREENS - Harmony

  • WISTERIA - Welcome

  • WITCH HAZEL - A spell

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  • YARROW - Cure for heartache

  • ZINNIA (MAGENTA) - Lasting Affection

  • ZINNIA (MIXED) - Thinking (or in memory) of an Absent Friend

  • ZINNIA (SCARLET) - Constancy

  • ZINNIA (WHITE) - Goodness

  • ZINNIA (YELLOW) - Daily Remembrance


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