Flora and Fauna

Whether they be large and elaborate, tiny and demure or part of the background of a tattoo, flowers are one of the most common motifs found in tattoo art. The rose with its association with romance and fidelity probably tops the list when it comes to favorite flowers.

Stock Rose Tattoo found at www.findatattoo.com

Below is a list of common flowers and their symbolic meanings.

♦ amaryllis - pride, pastoral poetry

♦ aster - symbol of love, daintiness

♦ azalea - take care of yourself for me, temperance, fragile passion, Chinese symbol of womanhood

♦ carnation (red) - my heart aches for you, admiration

♦ carnation (striped) - wish I could be with you

♦ carnation (white) - sweet and lovely, innocence, pure love, woman's good luck gift

♦ cattail - peace, prosperity

♦ chrysanthemum (yellow) - slighted love

♦ crocus - cheerfulness

♦ cyclamen - resignation and good-bye

♦ daffodil - regard, unrequited love, you're the only one, the sun is always shining when I'm with you

♦ daisy - innocence, loyal love, I'll never tell, purity

♦ dandelion - faithfulness, happiness

♦ fern - magic, fascination, confidence and shelter

♦ gardenia - you're lovely, secret love

♦ heather (lavender) - admiration, solitude

♦ heather (white) - protection, wishes will come true

♦ holly - domestic happiness

♦ hyacinth (white) - loveliness, I'll pray for you

♦ iris - fleur-de-lis, emblem of France, your friendship means so much to me, faith, hope, wisdom and valor, my compliments

♦ ivy - wedded love, fidelity, friendship, affection

♦ jonquil - love me, affection returned, desire, sympathy, desire for affection returned

Lily With Chinese Symbol For Love

Purple Lilies by Stacey Sharp www.sharptattoos.com

♦ lily (white) - virginity, purity, majesty, it's heavenly to be with you

♦ lily (day) - coquetry, Chinese emblem for mother

♦ lily of the valley - sweetness, tears of the virgin Mary, return to happiness, humility, you've made my life complete

♦ mistletoe - kiss me, affection, to surmount difficulties, sacred plant of India

♦ myrtle - love, Hebrew emblem of marriage

♦ narcissus - stay as sweet as you are

♦ orange blossom - innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness

♦ orchid - love, beauty, refinement, beautiful lady, Chinese symbol for many children

♦ palm leaves - victory and success

♦ peony - happy life, happy marriage

♦ poppy (general) - eternal sleep, oblivion, imagination

♦ rose (hibiscus) - delicate beauty

♦ rose (pink) - perfect happiness, please believe me

♦ rose (white) - innocence and purity, I am worthy of you, you're heavenly, secrecy and silence

♦ rose (white and red mixed) - unity, flower emblem of England

♦ rose (white-dried) - death is preferable to loss of virtue

♦ rosebud - beauty and youth, a heart innocent of love

♦ roses (bouquet of mature blooms) - gratitude

♦ roses (single full bloom) - I love you, I still love you

♦ snapdragon - gracious lady

♦ tulip (general) - perfect lover, frame, flower emblem of Holland

♦ tulip (variegated) - beautiful eyes

♦ tulip (yellow) - there's sunshine in your smile

♦ violet (blue) - watchfulness, faithfulness, I'll always be true

♦ zinnia (magenta) - lasting affection

♦ zinnia (mixed) - thinking (or in memory) of an absent friend

♦ zinnia (yellow) - daily remembrance

Zinnia Mixed Tattoo

Yellow Lilly Tattoo by Stacey Sharp www.sharptattoos.com

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