Red Flower Meanings: What Do They Symbolize?

Painting Red Flowers

If you could envision the quintessential flower, it might be hard to decide on what kind it might be, but most likely it would be red. Indeed, no other flower says, “I love you,” quite like a red one. Yes, red flower symbolism includes true love. But it also includes so much more.

“Red was the only color worthy of that name, the only true color.”

– Michel Pastoureau

Red Hibiscus Flower

Here is a quick list of red flower meanings:

  • Romantic love
  • Passion
  • Excitement
  • Confidence
  • Wealth
  • Good luck
  • Security

Types of Red Flowers and Their Meanings

Garden with Red Tulips

Red flower symbolism can have slight variations depending on the type of flower. Here are some examples:

  • Red roses mean romantic love and passion.
  • Poppy flowers symbolize honor and remembrance.
  • Hibiscus flowers symbolize hospitality and friendship.
  • Red tulips represent fresh starts and renewal.
  • Geraniums that are red symbolize good health and happiness.
  • Red orchids symbolize a happy marriage and prosperity.
  • Lilies that are red symbolize everlasting love.
  • Zinnias that are red represent romantic love and money.
  • Red cosmos symbolize soulmates.

Red Flower Symbolism Sends a Strong Message

Red Roses

Red flowers are suitable for many occasions. However, the strongest message they convey is romantic love. So, if given to the wrong person, they might send an unwelcome message! But when given to the right person – they speak volumes.

The color red is also associated with primal energy and your first chakra, or the root chakra. Your first chakra rules your security and stability. So, red flowers in the garden or as potted plants can provide positive energy for a home or business.

In summary, red flowers are classics. Green leaves provide the perfect contrast to scarlet, crimson, and fire-colored blooms. And few people can argue with their show-stopping beauty!

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