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Popular Mother’s Day Flowers and Their Meanings

Mother’s Day is widely celebrated around the world, albeit often on different days across countries. In the United States, it falls on the second Sunday of May. Mother’s Day is a fantastic chance to spoil the special mother in your life, and there’s no better way to do that than with flowers! Have you ever wondered about Mother’s Day flower meanings? Here are some of the most commonly gifted flowers symbolizing motherhood and more about what they mean.


These dainty spring blooms are the official Mother’s Day flower. Traditionally, carnations symbolize piety, faith and beauty — seen as classic traits of motherhood. More specifically, pink carnations represent gratitude and love, which makes them a fantastic way to show your mama how grateful you are to have her!



Lilies can also symbolize motherhood and the divine feminine. Like carnations, pink lilies are emblematic of admiration and love, while white lilies signify chastity and honor. No matter which color you choose, lilies are perfect for telling your mom how much you admire her.



Red roses are a sign of passionate love, but did you know other colors represent different types of love, too? As with lilies and carnations, deep pink roses are said to symbolize appreciation, while light pink roses represent happiness, joy and admiration. Similarly, peach roses are symbolic of thanks and respect. You can’t go wrong with this classic flower for Mother’s Day!



Tulips are typically some of the first flowers to start blooming in spring. Because of this, they’ve long been associated with rebirth. They also represent deep and perfect love. Different colors of tulips have varying meanings: pink for affection, purple for royalty and orange and yellow for cheer and hope. So, there’s an appropriate hue for every maternal relationship!.



The meaning of these blooms varies depending on their color. Blue hydrangeas symbolize understanding and gratitude, pink ones are used to show love and sincerity, white hydrangeas symbolize virtue and grace and purple blooms represent acknowledgment and abundance. After these Mother’s Day flowers are gifted, they can be planted in the garden to be enjoyed all year round.



Also called the Transvaal daisy, these flowers represent cheer like daffodils. They’re very bright, fun flowers, which makes them a wonderful addition to any floral arrangement for your mother. They have great longevity which means she can enjoy looking at them for weeks after the special day!!



Like tulips, daffodils symbolize new beginnings and motherhood. So much so, in fact, that they’re often given to new mothers to congratulate them on the birth or adoption of their child. They’re perennial bulb plants, meaning they’re long-lasting so your mom can enjoy their sunny glow and think of you each time she sees them!

Regardless of which floral Mother’s Day gift you choose, your lovely mama will be sure to adore them — and you!