Flowers That Say I Love You

5 Flowers That Say "I Love You" in Victorian Times

Flowers have long been a beautiful means to convey one's feelings. In today's world, white lilies are especially appropriate to express your deepest sympathies while red roses have long symbolized romantic love. In the Victorian age, that intent was heightened as Victorians used flowers to express complex emotions.

If you are looking for different ways to say "I love you," look no further than the five flowers below for inspiration:


Tulips represent the first declaration of love in Victorian flower language. If you are saying "I love you" for the first time, they make an especially meaningful bouquet for the occasion. Since this moment is a significant event in your relationship and will likely be looked back on in the future, the beloved tulip will sweeten the moment you let her know how you feel and give you both a wonderful memory in the future.

Purple Rose

Has your loved one put you under a spell? Do you dream of her often, think about her constantly, or walk around in a dreamy haze? Gift her purple or light purple (lavender) roses to let her know that she has bewitched you, in a very good way. Signifying "enchantment," fresh purple roses heighten the romantic feelings between the two of you and show her just how much you think about her.


Also known as Peruvian lilies, alstroemeria are both beautiful and versatile. In the Victorian era, they were the symbol of devotion. If you want to express your commitment to her as well as your love, a bouquet of alstroemeria is a beautiful way to say "I love you and I am devoted to you." Pair this flower with red roses for that extra meaningful touch.

Baby's Breath

In Victorian Times, baby's breath symbolized everlasting love. What is a more beautiful way to "I love you forever" than with these delicate and lovely tiny blooms? Better yet--send her a baby's breath corsage before a special evening of romance.

Red Rose

Let's face it--this list would not be complete without the inclusion of red roses, the defining floral symbol of romantic love. In Victorian times, it is believed that the deeper the passion you feel for your loved one, the deeper the color the rose should be. This makes red roses the ultimate symbol of passionate, romantic love. They are the flowers that mean I love you.

For more flower bouquets that help you express your love, browse our Romantic Flower Bouquets section.

Further Reading:
Kirkby, Mandy (2011) A Victorian Flower Dictionary. New York, New York: Ballantine Books