In less than two weeks time, flowers will be swiped from the shelves in no time. Valentine’s season is always filled with people rushing around getting flowers for their lovers.
While some might want to avoid the cliche roses and move onto different kinds of flora, here are some types that you should not be purchasing.
Yellow ones, in particular, represent rejection and disappointment. You might recall these being used at funerals, along with the occasional striped one. Bright coloured carnations like pink or red ones can carry more positive meanings but some people may find that carnations in general are not suitable for romantic celebrations.
Though this flower is rather adorable with gorgeous deep colours, it may offend someone as a gift. Horseshoe geraniums represent stupidity, and you don’t want any of your loved ones wondering what they did to give you that impression. Oak leaf geranium also represents true friendship, which would be fine for a friend, but maybe a little odd for a lover.
This is one of the most often-used flowers for funerals, for the Chinese in particular. Ironically, it is supposed to have a positive meaning and symbolise strong life. Still, the person receiving the flower is likely to picture chrysanthemums in a funeral setting rather than a positive gift.
4. Calla Lillies
These pure white flowers with an elongated figure seem elegant, but they are often used for religious celebrations and sometimes even to send one’s condolences. You could try blending one in with others in a beautiful bouquet, but it may be strange to fit this flower into the crowd of beauties with its unusual connotations.
Its bright colour can bring joy to one’s life, and occasionally a gift of marigold can mean cheerfulness. But just like the carnation, they might be used at funerals. A perhaps lesser known meaning is actually grief, which would explain why giving a marigold to a loved one when there’s nothing to mourn would be a weird choice.
If you want to stay on the safe side, check out Wikipedia for the real meaning behind flowers to make sure that you don’t end up sleeping on the sofa.
But of course, the safest bet? Roses. If you can afford it, that is.