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Flower Tattoos

By Ong Hui Woo

Bird of Paradise Tattoo by ashleytheartist2002, on Flickr

Bird of Paradise Tattoo

For some strange reasons, I like designing flower tattoos more than others. Flower tattoos are mostly favored by women, they are like clothes accessories except that you can wear your tattoo to bed. It’s like having a piece of art with you all the time. I find women with tattoos more appealing, sexier, more feminine and more powerful.


The image of a tattoo can be so captivating that it stirs up all our senses. You can have a Rose tattoo with a barbed wire around it and still look very good. It’s Ying and Yang, loving and sweet but authoritative and intimidating. But if you are intending to ink a flower tattoo on your body, it’s best to find out the meaning of the flower and what you want it to represent. You can then combine different images to give contrasting impressions of your tattoos.

I have compiled a list of meaning of flowers as a guide before you tattoo them on your body. I cannot vouch how official these meanings are, but my research has shown them to be fairly consistent. flower tattoos are permanent, so look around before deciding on one.

  1. BABY’S BREATH: Innocence.
  2. BALSAM: Ardent love.
  3. BELLS OF IRELAND: Good luck.
  4. BOUVARDIA: Enthusiasm.
  5. CACTUS: Endurance.
  6. CALLA LILY: Magnificent beauty.
  7. CAMELLIA: Gratitude.
  8. CAMELLIA, PINK: Longing for you.
  9. CAMELLIA, RED: You’re a flame in my heart.
  10. CAMELLIA, WHITE: You’re adorable.
  11. CARNATION: Fascination, distinction, divine love, woman
  12. CARNATION, PINK: A woman’s love, I’ll never forget you, mother’s love.
  13. CARNATION, RED: Alas for my poor heart, admiration, my heart aches for you, fascination.
  14. CARNATION, WHITE: Innocence, faithfulness, sweet and lovely, pure love, ardent love, good luck.
  15. CHRYSANTHEMUM: Cheerfulness, optimism, rest, truth.
  17. CHRYSANTHEMUM, WHITE: Truth, loyal love.
  18. CHRYSANTHEMUM, YELLOW: Slighted love.
  19. DAFFODIL: Regard, rebirth, new beginnings, unrequited love, you’re the only one, chivalry.
  20. DAFFODIL, SEVERAL: Joy, happiness.
  21. DAISY: Innocence, loyal love, I’ll never tell, purity.
  22. DANDELION: Faithfulness, happiness, love’s oracle.
  23. DAY LILY: Coquetry, Chinese emblem for mother.
  24. EREMURUS: Endurance.
  25. EUPHORBIA: Persistence.
  26. FORGET-ME-NOT: True love, hope, remembrance, memories.
  27. FREESIA: Innocence, thoughtfulness.
  28. GARDENIA: You’re lovely, secret love, joy, sweet love, good luck.
  29. GLADIOLUS: Strength of character, remembrance, infatuation, splendid beauty, give me a break.
  30. GLOXINA: Love at first sight.
  31. HEATHER, LAVENDER: Admiration, solitude, beauty.
  32. HEATHER, WHITE: Protection, wishes will come true.
  33. HIBISCUS: Delicate beauty.
  34. HOLLY: Foresight, defense, domestic happiness, enchantment.
  35. HOLLYHOCK: Ambition, fruitfulness.
  36. HONEYSUCKLE: Bonds of love.
  37. HUCKLEBERRY: Simple pleasure.
  38. HYACINTH: Sport, play, games, rashness, dedicated to Apollo.
  39. HYACINTH, BLUE: Constancy.
  41. IRIS: Wisdom, Fleur-de-lis, emblem of France, your friendship means so much to me, faith, hope, valor, my compliments.
  42. IRIS, WHITE: Purity.
  43. JASMINE, WHITE or INDIAN: Amiability, I attach myself to you, sensuality, attachment.
  44. JASMINE, SPANISH: Sensuality.
  45. JASMINE, YELLOW: Grace, elegance.
  46. JONQUIL: Sympathy, love me, affection returned, desire.
  47. LADY SLIPPER: Capricious beauty.
  48. LARKSPUR, PURPLE: First love.
  49. LAVENDER: Devotion.
  50. LEATHERLEAF FERN: Fascination.
  51. LILAC: Youthful, humility, confidence.
  52. LILY: Majesty, wealth, pride, innocence, purity.
  53. LILY, WHITE: Purity, modesty, virginity, majesty, it’s heavenly to be with you. LILY,
  54. MAGNOLIA: Dignity, love of nature, nobility.
  55. MIMOSA: Sensitivity.
  56. MINT: Virtue.
  57. MISTLETOE: Kiss me, affection, to surmount difficulties, sacred plant of India.
  58. MORNING GLORY: Loves you.
  59. MOSS: Maternal love, charity.
  60. NARCISSUS: Egotism, conceit, self love, self admiration, formality, stay as sweet as you are
  61. NASTURTIUM: Conquest, victory in battle.
  62. OAK LEAVES: Bravery.
  63. OLIVE BRANCH: Peace.
  64. ORANGE BLOSSUM: Purity, innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness, fertility.
  65. ORCHID: Rare beauty, love, refinement, beautiful lady, Chinese symbol for many children, mature charm, beauty, long life.
  66. PALM LEAVES: Victory, success.
  67. PEPPERMINT: Cordiality.
  68. PERIWINKLE: Friendship.
  69. POPPY: Eternal sleep, oblivion, imagination.
  70. POPPY, RED: Pleasure, consolation.
  71. POPPY, YELLOW: Wealth, success.
  72. PRIMROSE: I can’t live without you.
  73. PRIMROSE, EVENING: Happy love.
  74. QUEEN ANNE’S LACE: Haven.
  75. RANUNCULUS: You are radiant with charm, radiant charm.
  76. ROSE: Love, passion, perfection. The rose was named for the Latin word rosa which means red. It has been a symbol of love since ancient times.
  77. ROSE, BURGUNDY: Beauty within.
  78. ROSE, CORAL: Desire.
  79. ROSE, DARK CRIMSON: Mourning.
  80. ROSE, HIBISCUS: Delicate beauty.
  81. ROSE, LAVENDER: Love at first sight, enchantment.
  82. ROSE, LEAF: You may hope.
  83. ROSE, MOSS: Confessions of love.
  84. ROSE, ORANGE: Fascination, display feeling of enthusiasm.
  85. ROSE, PEACH: Desire, gratitude, apprecation, admiration, sympathy, modesty.
  86. ROSE, PINK: Happiness, appreciation, admiration, friendship, sympathy.
  87. ROSE, DARK PINK: Thankfulness.
  88. ROSE, LIGHT PINK: Grace, gladness, joy, perfect happiness, please believe me, gratitude, admiration, gentility.
  89. ROSE, RED: Love, passion, respect, courage, I love you, beauty, pure and lovely, prosperity.
  90. ROSE, DEEP RED: Un-selfconscious beauty.
  91. ROSE, SINGLE, FULL BLOOM: I love you, I still love you, new love.
  92. ROSE, BUD, SMALL: Pure and lovely, beauty and youth, a heart innocent of love.
  93. ROSE, THORNLESS: Love at first sight.
  94. ROSE, WHITE: Innocence, purity, secrecy, I am worthy of you, silence, friendship, truth, virtue, girlhood, humility spiritual love, but of the soul, reverence, charm, happy love.
  95. ROSE, WHITE, DRIED: Death is preferable to loss of virtue.
  96. ROSE, YELLOW: Joy, friendship, true love, decrease of love, jealousy, try to care, freedom, slighted love, shows “I care”, joy, gladness.
  97. ROSES, BOUQUET, MATURE: Gratitude.
  98. ROSES, RED & WHITE TOGETHER: Unity, flower emblem of England.
  99. ROSES, YELLOW & RED TOGETHER: Happiness, congratulations.
  100. ROSES, YELLOW & ORANGE TOGETHER: Passionate thoughts.
  101. ROSEMARY: Remembrance, purity, rebirth.
  102. SAGE: Virtue.
  103. SALAL: Zest.
  104. SCABIOUS: Unfortunate love.
  105. SMILAX: Loveliness.
  106. SNAPDRAGON: Deception, gracious lady, presumption.
  107. SPEARMINT: Warm sentiment.
  108. SPIDER FLOWER: Elope with me.
  109. STAR OF BETHLEHEM: Purity.
  110. STATICE: Sympathy, remembrance, success.
  111. STEPHANOTIS: Happiness in marriage, desire to travel.
  112. STOCK: Lasting beauty, bonds of affection, promptness, you’ll always be beautiful to me.
  113. SUNFLOWER: Follows the sun as it grows, adoration, haughtiness.
  114. SWEET WILLIAM: Gallantry, smile, finesse.
  115. THYME: Activity.
  116. TUBEROSE: Dangerous pleasure.
  117. TULIP: Perfect lover, frame, flower emblem of Holland.
  118. TULIP, RED: Believe me, declaration of love, fame.
  119. TULIP, VARIEGATED: Beautiful eyes.
  120. TULIP, YELLOW: Hopeless love, there’s sunshine in your smile.
  121. VIOLET: Modesty, faithfulness, innocence, understated beauty.
  122. VIOLET, BLUE: Watchfulness, faithfulness, I’ll always be true.
  123. VIOLET, PURPLE: Thoughts of you, blue love.
  124. VIOLET, WHITE: Let’s take a chance, youthful innocence.
  125. VIOLET, YELLOW: Love of country.
  126. WATER LILY: Purity of heart.
  127. WEEPING WILLOW: Mourning.
  128. WHEAT: Friendliness.
  129. YARROW: Healing, sorrow.
  130. ZINNIA: Thoughts of absent friends, in memory of an absent friend.
  131. ZINNIA, SCARLET: Constancy.
  132. ZINNIA, WHITE: Goodness.
  133. ZINNIA, YELLOW: Daily remembrance.

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