The usefulness, beauty, and fragrance of flowers make them the classic gift for mothers on the second Sunday of May. But behind each petal and stem is a special meaning to uncover. Here’s what each Mother’s Day flower represents.

cloves-g54ec9e891_640The ever-popular carnation is one of the best-selling flowers in the world. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, pink carnations symbolize a mother’s love while white carnations represent good luck.

roses-gbc5f7fec1_630Say “I love you” or “I’m grateful for you” with classic pink roses. The gift of cream-colored roses symbolizes thoughtfulness.

tulips-gabccfd40a_630Tulips come in varying colors. Purple tulips represent royalty while pink represents affection. Make mothers smile with a bouquet of white tulips as it is a symbol of cheerfulness.

orchid-g05b4a998c_640Dainty but resilient, orchids can brighten up a mother’s day. Pink orchids symbolize elegance, poise, and femininity.

flowers-g7c4cb076a_630Fluffy and sweet-scented peonies represent honor and good fortune. They bloom in late spring/early summer.

Gerbera Daisies
engin-akyurt-BCMlsvY78ws-unsplashSend a gift of these vividly-colored flowers that symbolize innocence and purity.

Knowing the language of flowers is knowing the language of the earth itself. Use this knowledge as you decide on the perfect flower to give on Mother’s Day.