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Flower meaning in Ukraine


All flowers represent love and appreciation in some way, but their color or arrangement can mean different things. Ukrainian traditions of flower giving are somewhat different from European ones. For example according to Ukrainian tradition we usually give flowers in odd numbers – 7, 9, 15, 21. Even numbers of flowers are traditionally given at funerals. Of course this rule does not apply to a big bouquet with many different flowers types.

You could go further and use flowers as a form of discreet communication. Learn more about flower meaning and choose and arrange your bouquets carefully. Many of these secret meanings behind flowers have been forgotten over the centuries, but if there's something you want to say to someone, nothing says it like flowers.

We put the most popular flowers in alphabetical order for you so that you could learn more about them and their particular symbolic meanings:


carnation ukraineCARNATION


Carnations are famous and have been widely used all over the world for 2,000 years so it is not surprising that carnations are rich with symbolism and mythology. Today carnations can be found in different colors and in Ukraine they are considered as one of the traditional types of flowers to present for a special occasion. Generally they express love and fascination, but virtually every color carries a unique and rich association.

WHITE carnations suggest pure, sweet love and innocence. A white carnation bouquet is also a great way to wish good luck.

RED carnations are a symbol of admiration, while dark red will tell a lady about your deep love and affection. By giving dark red carnations to a Ukrainian woman you say “My heart aches for you”. 

Be careful with PURPLE carnation as its direct meaning is antipathy and capriciousness.

PINK carnations carry the greatest significance explained with the belief that they first appear on earth with the Virgin Mary’s tears. That makes pink carnation a symbol of mother’s undying love. It is also the best way to say “I’ll never forget you”.

YELLOW carnations can help you to reject a person without hurting him/her too much.





These simple but charming flowers are familiar to Ukrainian ladies. Their nice and tender appearance is able to transfer you from the dull city to the fresh morning valley or rainy forest. When giving a bouquet of chamomiles, do not forget that the Ukrainian lady will understand it as your having initiative and ingenuity. 




chrysanthemum ukraineCHRYSANTHEMUM


The history of the chrysanthemum dates back to the 15th century B.C. and since that time this wonderful flower has acquired a great amount of meanings and myths. The orderly unfolding of chrysanthemum’s petals was considered to be a symbol of perfection in Japan. In that country there is even a “Holiday of Happiness” to celebrate this flower each year. But for Ukrainian ladies chrysanthemum is a wonderful autumn flower with the help of which they can understand their man’s feelings and intentions.

 The original color of chrysanthemum is golden but thanks to the cultivation we can enjoy these flowers of any color from white to purple.

Daisy-like with a typically yellow center and a decorative pompon, the chrysanthemum symbolizes joy and optimism.

YELLOW chrysanthemums are the best way to show the slighted love.

WHITE chrysanthemum will show a lady you are telling the truth.

RED colored flowers convey love though the general meaning of the chrysanthemum is friendship and warm feelings.




If you are looking for the flower to give a young lady crocus is one of the best variants. This flower is a symbol of youthful gladness and will make Ukrainian girl to feel your attachment and sympathy. The crocus is also regarded as a symbol of cheerfulness. When giving this flower to the lady you have a relationship with, you are asking if her feelings to you are also true.





The tenderness and refinement of this flower is associated with spring. Daffodil is considered to be a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings. It is not just a sign of the winter’s end but also an emblem of future prosperity. The gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness. The Slavic meaning of the daffodil is also desire and sympathy so giving Ukrainian lady daffodils you show your wish of the reciprocal feeling. Always remember to present daffodils in a bunch – the same legends that associate this cheerful flower with good fortune warn us that when given as a single bloom, a daffodil can foretell misfortune.





The meaning of forget-me-not as opposed to other flowers could be understood just from its name. All over the world this small and gentle but bright flower represents faithful love and conveys the meaning of undying memories.



gerbera UkraineGERBERA (DAISY)


The Gerbera Daisy is definitely a symbol of beauty and cheerfulness. Thanks to the rich palette of the bright colors gerbera daisies are indispensable in many cases – birthdays, congratulations, get well or thank you. The general meaning of the gerbera daisy is innocence and purity. But combinations of several colors in one bouquet is definitely the most optimistic expression of cheerfulness and warm feelings. There are many types of flowers which can help you to express thoughts and feelings for you beloved Ukrainian lady, but the gerbera daisy and its meaning stand out as one of the most distinctly bright and merry. The bright and colorful bouquet of gerbera daisies will lift the spirits of the lady and make her day brighter and imparts a pleasant feeling. Only the best gerberas should be given since they represent the royal love.






Gladiolus got its name due to the shape of its leaves – “gladius” in Latin means “sword”. That is why the main meaning of this noble flower is strength and moral integrity.  These are the reasons why gladioluses are an excellent choice of flower to give to a man. For ladies, do not forget though that gladiolus represents also infatuation, with a bouquet conveying to a lady that she pierced the giver’s heart with passion. The Gift of gladioluses can also be understood as a request for a lady to give her man a chance.



lilies ukraineLILIES


The lily is one of the most wonderful and tender flowers in the world has a long and rich history.  It was discovered in Crete and the ancient Greeks believed that these flowers sprouted from the milk of Hera, the Queen of the gods. In Christianity the very white lily is a symbol of Virgin Mary’s purity and her role of Queen of the Angels. Nowadays symbolizing humility and devotion lilies are also the 2d wedding anniversary flower


WHITE lily is a flower representing majesty, chastity and virginity. It will also underline the receiver’s virtue.  It is the best way to say “It is great to be with you”.

PERUVIAN lily represents friendship and devotion.

WHITE STARGAZER lilies are the best way to express a lady your interest while PINK STARGAZER will help you to wish somebody wealth and prosperity.

Be careful choosing ORANGE lily. In certain cultures it is a symbol of disdain and hatred, but in the most countries ORANGE lily represents wealth and pride.

But if you wish to make an accent on the majestic beauty of your Ukrainian lady - give her a CALLA lily and flower will say the rest.





This elegant flower is the perfect gift for many occasions. It has a reputation as an exotic flower and conveys the meaning of innocence and refinement. With the help of orchids you can say “Thank You” or to wish a happy anniversary, to congratulate a promotion, or just to express your sincere feelings towards a person.

Orchids can convey a wide variety of messages but the most important still are wealth, love, and beauty. Since the time of Victorian England orchids have been regarded as a symbol of luxury. These flowers are also believed to possess healing and protective properties. But nowadays orchids are mostly the symbol of rare and delicate beauty. That is why Ukrainian ladies are in love with this tender flower. Pink orchids will help you to express a pure affection. And do not forget that Cattelya Orchid represents mature charm.





With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.



roses ukraineROSE


Roses are universally recognized symbols of love and passion. Ancient Greeks and Romans associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus, the goddesses of love. For many years roses were used to convey messages without words and represent confidentiality. Not many know that the Latin expression “sub rosa” (under the rose) means something “told in secret”. Being one of the most admired and evocative flowers, the rose is also the flower for June birthdays and 15th wedding anniversaries. And June - the month so often associated with weddings – is National Rose Month.

Each color conveys a certain meaning and it is helpful to know it, to tell your friend or beloved about your true feelings. Roses of unconventional color are also a favorite of Ukrainian women and we hope we will help you to make a right choice of flower for your Ukrainian lady.

RED rose is the traditional symbol of love and romance and is one of the best ways to say “I love you”. Red roses also symbolize perfection and beauty.

PINK roses are a symbol of grace and elegance, and can be given as an expression of admiration. A pink rose bouquet conveys a gentler meaning than those of red roses, as they can express joyfulness and appreciation as well as love. A dark pink rose bouquet can be understood by Ukrainian ladies as “Thank You” also.

YELLOW roses evokes a feeling of warmth and happiness with its bright, sunny color. Warm feelings conveyed by yellow roses are often associated with a true close friend. So the yellow rose is the best way to offer or maintain friendship.

WHITE roses represent innocence and purity that is why they are traditionally associated with weddings. At the same time white roses can be presented as a sign of honor and reverence.

ORANGE roses are a symbol of desire and enthusiasm. Its blazing energetic color will tell eloquently about your passion.

LAVENDER (light blue-violet) roses are a perfect symbol of enchantment because of their unique fantastical color. Lavender roses can be also used to express love at first sight.

Combinations of RED and YELLOW roses will convey your congratulation to a lady, while WHITE and PINK roses bouquet will say her “I love you still and always will”.  Combinations of RED and WHITE roses mean unity, and a bouquet of both ORANGE and YELLOW roses will tell a lady about your passionate thoughts.  



tulips ukraineTULIPS


Tulips are one of the world's most easily recognized and loved flowers which express genuine coziness and comfort in all the right ways. The tulip was known and famous over ten decades ago in Persia and Turkey. There was a tradition to wear tulips in turbans so Europeans mistakenly gave tulips their name, which originates from the Persian word “turban”.

The general meaning of tulips is perfect love. It's said that the tulip’s velvety black center represents a lover's heart, darkened by the heat of passion. Like many flowers, different colors of tulips also often carry their own significance.

RED tulips are associated with true love, WHITE PURPLE symbolizes royalty, give such flowers to your Ukrainian lady and she will feel herself the princess of your heart. 

YELLOW tulips had for some time a meaning of the hopeless love but nowadays they convey generally cheerful thoughts.

WHITE tulips are the great elegant way to convey forgiveness.  VARIEGATED tulips represent beautiful eyes.