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13 Best Type of Flowers to Send for Sympathy

Sympathy flowers are a long-standing tradition for expressing condolences to the bereaved. Flowers have many different types that can be placed in a sympathy arrangement, and some varieties are more universally popular than others.

Here is a list of the top 13 flowers to consider when assembling your next tribute arrangement.

1. Chrysanthemum belongs to the plant family Asteraceae and can grow up to 60 inches and blooms during autumn.

Facts:

  • Chrysanthemum is November’s Birth Flower Month.
  • It is known as the “Queen of Fall Flowers” in the USA and is largely produced commercially.
  • These are available during Fall. 
  • It signifies beauty, joy, friendship, and well-wishing.
  • Used as an offering by the Buddist due to its powerful Yang energy.
  • Offered to an Elderly in China because it symbolizes long life, good luck, and fortune
  • It is the Official Mother’s Day flower in Australia because of its nickname “mums.”
  • In some parts of the globe, Chrysanthemums are exclusively used as Memorial Flowers to honor the departed.
 

Symbolism: 

  • Optimism
  • Joy
  • Longevity 
  • Joy
  • Fidelity 

Color Meaning:

  • Red – deep passion and love
  • Violet – get well wish, thoughtfulness and care
  • Yellow – sorrow or neglected love
  • White – mourning and grief, purity, innocence, honesty, and loyalty
  • Pink – friendship and affection
  • Orange – excitement, happiness
  • Green – rebirth, good health, and longevity

2. Lilies are often associated with the story of Greek Myths of Of Zeus and Hera. It comes from the family of Lilium, known as a group of true lilies.

Facts:

  • 30th Anniversary Flower
  • Most popular of all flower names for girls
  • Toxic to Cats
  • Very Fragrant and Used in Perfumes
  • Associated with Rebirth and Motherhood because of the Greek Myth of Zeus and Hera
  • It is tied to 100 years of love and good luck in China
  • Associated with the goddess of fertility, Ishtar by the Assyrians and Babylonians
  • Madonna Lilies are associated with Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Symbolism:

  • Devotion
  • Purity
  • Love
  • Fertility
  • Beauty
  • Transformation
  • Rebirth

Color Meaning

  • White: purity and virtue
  • Red: passion
  • Pink: prosperity and abundance
  • Yellows: thankfulness and desire for enjoyment
  • Orange: wealth, pride, confidence

3. Agapanthus is native to Southern Africa and is composed of about ten species of perennials in the family Amaryllidaceae.

Facts

  • It has a round cluster of showy, bright-colored, funnel-shaped flowers on its slender stem.
  • Also known as African Lily or Lily of the Nile
  • Called the “Flower of Love”
  • Derived from Greek words “agape” meaning love and “anthos,” meaning flower

Symbolism

  • Love
  • Fertility
  • Purity
  • Beauty

Color Meaning

  • White: Spirituality, Purity, and Fertility
  • Purple: Royalty
  • Blue: Love and Beauty

4. Alstromeria is available all year round. Its vase life is 7-14 days, and it is available in every color except blue and green.

pink alstromeria

Facts

  • Its meaning is derived from the six beautiful petals of the flower.
    • Understanding
    • Humour
    • Patience
    • Empathy
    • Commitment
    • Respect
  • also known as Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas, and Parrot Lily
  • Its leaves grow upside-down.
  • It can grow up to 3 feet.

Symbolism

  • Devotion
  • Strength
  • Love
  • Friendship
  • Support
  • Following one’s dream
  • Survival

Color Meaning

  • White: love, strength, support, and purity
  • Yellow: Vibrant, joy, fun, happiness, and energy
  • Pink: romance, playfulness, love, and gentle feelings
  • Red: passion, ‘I love you’ without red roses, romance
  • Orange: p[ositive energy and passion
  • Purple: unique, elegant, and graceful

5. Calla was named after the Greek word for Beautiful. Other names of Calla Liliy is Zantedeschia or Arum Lily.

Facts

  • Associated with Greek goddess, Hera
  • AKA Calla Lily

Symbolism

  • Beauty
  • Purity
  • Holiness
  • Faithfulness
  • Death
  • Rebirth
  • Resurrection

Color Meaning

  • White calla lilies symbolize purity and innocence.
  • Pink calla lilies symbolize appreciation and admiration.
  • Purple calla lilies symbolize charm and passion.
  • Yellow calla lilies symbolize gratitude.

6. Cymbidium is native to Northern Australia. From the Greek word “kymbe,” meaning boat. It has a long stem that produces exotic, waxy-looking flowers.

Facts

  • Grows on rock or tree branches
  • One of the most popular orchids in the world
  • It is easy to maintain
  • It has a wide range of colors
  • Grows up to 5 feet

Symbolism

  • Friendship
  • Pure
  • Valued

Color Meaning

  • White: purity, elegance, beauty
  • Green: nature, blessings, good fortune, longevity, and good health
  • Yellow: cherished, friendship, activity, optimism, and happiness
  • Orange: pride, enthusiasm
  • Pink: Grace, Gentleness, Innocence, Playfulness, Joy, Happiness, and fertility
  • Red: Passion, Love, and Desire

7. Roses are also known as Rosa. 

Facts

  • One of the most popular flowers in the world.
  • Prized for its beauty.
  • It has a strong fragrance.
  • Attractive multi-petaled flowers surrounded by strong and sharp thorns.
  • It varies in size and shape.
  • Hung from the ceiling in ancient times on meeting rooms that understood that anything under it is sworn to secrecy.

Symbolism

  • Love
  • Secrecy
  • Confidentiality

Color Meaning

  • Red Rose: love, romance, and deep emotions.
  • Pink Rose: grace, gratitude, admiration, joy, and gratitude.
  • Yellow Rose: friendship and caring.
  • White Rose: innocence and purity. Purple Rose: enchantment and “love at first sight.
  • Orange: enthusiasm and passion.
  • Blue Rose: a mystery or something desired but unattainable.
  • Black rose: death.

The number of Rose you send has its meaning, too.

  • One rose: love at first sight.
  • Two roses: shared and deep love.
  • Three roses: says, “I love you.”
  • Six roses: “I want to be yours.”
  • Seven roses: “I’m infatuated with you.”
  • Nine roses: eternal love.
  • Ten roses: “You’re perfect.”

8. Carnations were also known as Dianthus, and its other name is Sweet William.

carnation

Facts

  • Narrow Leaves and Abundant Flowers
  • Spicily fragrant and long blooming
  • Valued for its beauty, charm, clove-like, and long-lasting freshness
  • Considered as the “Flower of gods.”
  • Official Mother’s Day Flower

Symbolism

  • Admiration
  • Passion
  • Capriciousness
  • Affection
  • Sadness
  • Death
  • Love
  • Gratitude
  • Pride
  • Harmony
  • Family unity

Color Meaning

  • Red: love, adoration, affection, and admiration
  • Pink: fondness, motherly love, mother-like love, gratitude, and tenderness
  • White: purity, good luck, pure love, prosperous life.
  • Purple: Capriciousness, condolence, and apology
  • Yellow: Disappointment, rejection, dislike, and break-up

9. Orchids have a lot of variety, and each of them has a different meaning and symbolism. It is an exotic flower that has approximately 20,000 species in the world.

Facts

  • Orchids are regarded as emblems of integrity, elegance, and friendship.
  • It is found in the tropics and is extremely rare.
  • The pink variety of the orchids represents the 14th and 25th wedding anniversary
  • Has origins in every continent except Antarctica
  • Used for perfumes and aromatherapy
  • A powerful aphrodisiac

Symbolism

  • Fertility
  • Virility
  • Sexuality

Color Meaning

  • Blue Orchids: rarity, uniqueness, spirituality, and beauty. 
  • Red Orchids: passion, love, and desire.
  • Pink Orchids: grace, gentleness, innocence, playfulness, joy, happiness, and fertility,
  • White Orchids: Purity, elegance, beauty, humility, innocence, safety, and faith. 
  • Purple Orchids: respect, admiration, and dignity. 
  • Yellow Orchids: celebrate a new chapter, cherished friendship, or just to brighten someone’s day with a little cheer
  • Orange Orchids: pride and enthusiasm.
  • Green Orchids: nature, blessings, good fortune, longevity, harmony and luck, and good health.

10. Dahlia is native to Central America and South America. It has around 42 Species which come in different sizes, colors, and shapes.

Facts

  • Declared by Seattle as its official flower.
  • In full bloom during August.
  • The official flower of San Francisco.
  • National Flower of Mexico.
  • It comes in every color except blue.

Symbolism

  • Elegance
  • Dignity
  • Confidence
  • Beauty
  • Staying Focused
  • Pureness
  • Innocence

Color Meaning

  • Pink: kindness, service, feminine beauty, and grace
  • White: pureness, innocence, and staying focused
  • Purple: royalty, dignity, kindness, service, feminine beauty, and grace 
  • Blue and Green: fresh start and changes
  • Black (Dark Burgandy): betrayal, sadness, mourning, despair, death, hatred, and sometimes obsessive love

11. Freesia is native to Africa that has fragrant and bell-shaped blooms.

Facts

  • One of the most popular flowers in the world
  • Popular for its scented Oil
  • The Ultimate Flower of trust
  • Official flower to commemorate a couple’s 7th wedding anniversary in the US
  • The number 9

Symbolism

  • Freedom
  • Friendship
  • Trust
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Innocence

Color Meaning

  • All Colors: trust and innocence
  • White: Purity and Innocence
  • Multi-colored: Friendship and thoughtfulness
  • Pink: motherly love
  • Yellow: joy, renewal, and friendship
  • Red: Passion

12. Hydrangeas, also known as Hortensia, is native to southern and eastern Asia. It has a lot of variety with intense colors.

Facts

  • One of the most popular flowers in the world
  • Its flowers bring timeless beauty and charm
  • Known as Funeral Flowers in some countries and regions
  • Changes in colors are based on the soil’s pH because of the presence of aluminum ions.

Symbolism

  • Gratefulness
  • Honest Emotions
  • Persevering Love
  • Vanity & Boastfulness
  • Gratitude
  • Apology

Color Meaning

  • Pink: heartfelt emotion.
  • Blue: frigidity and apology.
  • White: boasting or bragging.
  • Purple: a desire to deeply understand someone.

13. Lisianthus is also known as Eustoma or its other name Prairie Gentian. It is native to the southern United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America.

Facts

  • The Greek word “lysis” means dissolution, and “anthos” means flower.

Symbolism

  • Happiness
  • Joy
  • Positive Energy
  • Gratitude
  • Longevity
  • Peace
  • Charm
  • Love

Color Meaning

  • Pink lisianthus: romance, love, and affection.
  • White lisianthus: purity, spirituality, and a life-long bond.
  • Purple lisianthus: beauty, nobility, and royalty.
  • Yellow lisianthus: joy and positive energy.

So, if you’re looking to send your condolences in a heartfelt way that will be appreciated by the bereaved, consider including one or more of these popular flowers in your next sympathy arrangement.

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