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12 flowers that symbolize friendship

Woodrow T. Wilson said it best…“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” I bet if Woodrow was here right now, he’d agree that the right flower wouldn’t hurt, either.


In this quick guide, we’ll explore twelve beautiful flowers that serve as a beautiful gesture to show your friends how much you care about and appreciate their presence in your life.


So, start thinking about your BFF and let's dive into the world of these flowers, their meanings, and how they can enhance your friendship.


In a hurry? Here's the full list so you can grab your favorite and call your florist (or local gardener):

  1. Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)

  2. Chrysanthemums (mums)

  3. Yellow roses

  4. Sunflowers

  5. Pink tulips

  6. Daffodils

  7. Zinnias

  8. Gerbera daisies

  9. Carnations

  10. Iris

  11. Orchids

  12. Lavender



Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily) | Alstroemeria spp.

Alstroemerias are elegant and delicate flowers that come in various colors, including shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, and white. Their petals display unique patterns and often have speckles or stripes. Alstroemeria symbolizes the strong bond between friends that goes beyond romantic love and represents devotion and lasting friendship.



Height: 12-36 inches (30-91 cm)

Soil type: Well-drained soil

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

 

Chrysanthemums (mums) | Chrysanthemum spp.

Chrysanthemums, commonly known as mums, are renowned for their vibrant blooms and diverse range of colors. They come in shades of yellow, pink, red, white, and more. Chrysanthemums symbolize optimism, joy, and well wishes, making them an excellent choice to honor a friendship that looks forward to a bright future… as yours surely do.



Height: Varies depending on the variety

Soil type: Well-drained, fertile soil

Sun exposure: Full sun

 

Yellow roses | Rosa spp.

Yellow roses, with their sunny and warm hues, are the quintessential friendship flower. They symbolize friendship, happiness, and new beginnings. Gifting a bouquet of fragrant yellow roses or a potted rose plant to your friend is a great way to express your care and desire to nurture your friendship.



Height: Varies depending on the variety

Soil type: Well-drained, fertile soil

Sun exposure: Full sun

 

Sunflowers | Helianthus annuus

Sunflowers are iconic for their large, bright yellow flower heads that radiate warmth and cheerfulness. They follow the sun's movement throughout the day, symbolizing adoration and loyalty. Sending a bouquet of sunflowers to your bestie is a wonderful way to convey your high regard and remind them of your unwavering friendship.



Height: 5-12 feet (150-365 cm)

Soil type: Well-drained, loamy soil

Sun exposure: Full sun

 

Pink tulips | Tulipa spp.

Pink tulips are enchanting flowers that exude elegance and grace. They come in various shades of pink, from soft pastels to vibrant hues. Pink tulips are a wonderful way to symbolize affection and good wishes for a special friend. Whether you gift a bouquet "just because" or to celebrate Friendship Day, these blooms will convey your fondness and warm intentions.



Height: Varies depending on the variety

Soil type: Well-drained soil

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

 

Daffodils | Narcissus spp.

Daffodils are iconic for the joyful essence of spring with their cheerful yellow blooms. They represent new beginnings, joy, and good fortune. Whether gifted in a pot, planted in the garden, or arranged in a vase, daffodils serve as a perfect gesture to celebrate a new friendship or wish luck to a friend embarking on a new venture.



Height: Varies depending on the variety

Soil type: Well-drained soil

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

 

Zinnias | Zinnia spp.

(One of my favorites!) Zinnias are vibrant and colorful flowers that add cheer to any garden or bouquet. They come in a wide array of shades, including red, orange, pink, yellow, and purple. Zinnias symbolize endurance, lasting affection, and friendship. Gifting a bouquet of these bright blooms signifies your care and reassurance that you will always be there as a friend.



Height: 6-40 inches (15-102 cm)

Soil type: Well-drained soil

Sun exposure: Full sun

 

Gerbera daisies | Gerbera spp.

Gerbera daisies are cheerful and vibrant flowers that come in a rainbow of colors, including red, yellow, orange, pink, and white. They symbolize friendship, joy, and happiness. Gifting a bouquet of Gerbera daisies to your friend is a sure way to brighten their day and show your appreciation for their friendship.



Height: 12-18 inches (30-46 cm)

Soil type: Well-drained, fertile soil

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

 

Carnations | Dianthus caryophyllus

Carnations, available in various colors, including yellow, symbolize admiration, gratitude, and lasting affection. These flowers are perfect for expressing appreciation towards a friend. With their lovely ruffled petals, carnations convey warm sentiments and are a thoughtful choice for celebrating the bond of friendship.



Height: Varies depending on the variety

Soil type: Well-drained soil

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

 

Iris | Iris spp.

Irises are captivating flowers that come in different colors, such as purple, yellow, and white. They symbolize faith, hope, and wisdom. Gifting irises to a friend showcases your belief in their friendship and the shared values you cherish. These flowers make a striking and meaningful gesture of appreciation.



Height: Varies depending on the variety

Soil type: Well-drained soil

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

 

Orchids | Orchidaceae family

Orchids are exquisite and elegant flowers associated with luxury, beauty, and friendship. They come in a vast range of colors, shapes, and sizes. Gifting an orchid to a friend signifies your admiration and appreciation for their presence in your life. Orchids are a sophisticated choice that reflects the depth and uniqueness of your friendship.



Height: Varies depending on the variety

Soil type: Orchid-specific potting mix

Sun exposure: Indirect sunlight

 

Lavender | Lavandula spp.

Lavender flowers not only delight with their calming fragrance but also symbolize devotion and friendship. The flowers are typically shades of purple, and their soothing qualities represent serenity and a deep connection with a friend. Sharing lavender bouquets (or even products) conveys your care and appreciation for their friendship.



Height: Varies depending on the variety

Soil type: Well-drained soil

Sun exposure: Full sun


Gifting flowers is an affordable yet meaningful way to express your appreciation for a friend.

Each of the twelve flowers mentioned here carries its unique symbolism, color, and characteristics associated with friendship. By selecting the flower that resonates with your friend and their personality, you can create a heartfelt gift that beautifully conveys your care, gratitude, and the depth of your friendship. Just make sure that you get the right color… no red roses, for example.


So, on those special occasions or even on ordinary days, let these flowers serve as ambassadors of your affection and celebration of the beautiful bond you share with your friends.

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