Flowers for Valentine's Day: Which Ones Will You Give?

Among the most beautiful flowers that you can give on Valentine's Day are roses, orchids, and anthuriums. Discover the meaning behind each flower species.
Flowers for Valentine's Day: Which Ones Will You Give?

Last update: 14 February, 2022

Each year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world on February 14. On this day, it’s common to display our love and affection for the special person in our lives with a gift of flowers, decorative bouquets, chocolates, and plush toys.

For those who prefer to gift flowers, keep reading! We’re going to tell you all about the most appropriate flowers with which to declare your love.

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is special for all those who celebrate it and every detail or effort made is a sign of being in love. However, some people don’t participate or agree with the celebration and argue that it’s a commercial invention.

According to tradition, this day has an ancient origin dating back to the 3rd century. It’s said that in Rome there was a priest named Valentine who defied the order of Emperor Claudius II not to marry young men and their brides. This is because the emperor wanted the men to focus on being soldiers and didn’t want them to have sentimental ties or distractions.

As a result, the priest dedicated himself to marrying young people in secret, and because of this, Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. This date is commemorated on February 14 because it was on this day, in approximately 270 A.D., that Valentine was sentenced to death after the emperor discovered what he was doing.

What are the best flowers to give on Valentine’s Day?

After following this guide to growing and caring for your own roses, enjoy them.

For those who enjoy celebrating love at every opportunity, including Valentine’s Day, we have a list of beautiful flowers that are perfect for gifting on this day. Ready to show the special person in your life just how much you love them? 


Roses are renowned and synonymous with lovers around the world. They’re the most appreciated flowers too and when it comes to displays of love, red roses are the most significant. However, there are different colors too! Yellow, pink, white, blue, and even gold, it all comes down to personal taste


Orchids are expensive and elegant flowers, so in the 18th century, they were only displayed among the wealthier classes. Gifting these flowers will always be a success, even more so if they are pink since this color orchid represent pure and open love.


The bolero, “Dos Gardenias” written by Cuban composer Isolina Carrillo achieved international fame in the 1960s. These flowers precisely symbolize the purity and sweetness of a couple, so they’re a great option for gifting on Valentine’s Day.


chrysanthemums, flowers for valentine

Chrysanthemums are beautiful flowers and come in a wide range of colors. However, you have to choose the right color. Red is the best color because it symbolizes the declaration of passionate love.

Giving purple chrysanthemums speaks of pain and fear of losing the loved one. Blue symbolizes the end of love and the pain of breaking up, and pink speaks of fragility in the relationship. So if you prefer to gift this flower on Valentine’s Day, choose red.


Carnations stand out for their soft and sweet aroma. The red ones are the favorite choice for this time of year, as they mean love, passion, and admiration. However, in some countries, especially in Latin America, couples don’t give these to one another because they can also signify death.


Anthuriums are known as the flowers of love, as they have heart-shaped petals. They’re ideal to give to men and are related to passion, love, and desire for a partner.

Other flowers and their meaning for Valentine’s Day

Tuberoses are flowers for Valentine's Day

In addition to the flowers that we’ve delved into, there are others that are ideal to give on Valentine’s Day because of their meaning. Below, we’ll tell you what they are.

  • Oleanders: ideal to seduce on the first date.
  •  Wallflower: related to beauty and time.
  • Dahlias: given between long-time couples as a token of gratitude.
  • Polyanthus lily: the flowers of risk and adventure.
  • Jasmine: this symbolizes loyalty and fidelity between couples.

Which flowers do you like the most?

In this article, we’ve explained the ideal flowers to give on Valentine’s Day. Choose the one that most represents the feelings you want to convey or create a bouquet containing a mixed flower arrangement. Take advantage of this day to declare, share and convey your feelings.

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