You better not give away a striped Carnation – The Language of Flowers


The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining, and you can already see the snowdrops blossoming. There is no doubt: Spring is coming! After the cold winter, it brings back scents, colors and warmth into our lives and rouses our senses. And what could be a more beautiful symbol for this than a flower? Whether as a present, as an adornment or as grave goods: Flowers have been part of human customs for many centuries and across almost all cultures.

But you have to be careful: Not every flower is a reason to rejoice for the person it is given to! Each flower has its own meaning, which can additionally vary according to the blossom’s color. Did you know, for example, that a single-colored Carnation is a sign of affirmation, while a Carnation with a stripey pattern symbolizes rejection?

The following list tells you which flowers you should better not give to someone if you want to show them affection or recognition:



I feel abandoned


I need some time to think

Carnation (yellow)

I despise you

Carnation (striped)

Rejection, disdain


I am desperate


I already have a partner

Alpine Squill

I messed up


I think you are selfish

Aster / Lavender

I distrust you


Leave me alone


You just love my money


I alienated myself from you

 The Women’s Day on the 8th of March is just around the corner, and spring in general holds many opportunities to give away flowers as a gift. With this list, you are now prepared to avoid putting your foot in it!


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