What Do Flowers Mean in Dreams?

Updated on June 5, 2019
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Aisling is the author of Dog Funeral Evangelism. Her articles on dream interpretation and Jungian psychology have over 2.1 million views.

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Just as flowers in the waking world are used to express everything from grief to love, so do the flowers that blossom in dreams carry a multitude of possible meanings.

In this article, we'll look at the traditional meaning of a number of flowers, but we'll also cover ideas that give a dream flower even more symbolism, such as:

  • the flower's condition,
  • activities such as planting and cutting flowers,
  • flowers as symbols of creativity,
  • the color symbolism of flowers, and
  • flowers as archetypes of the Self.

When interpreting the meaning of flowers in dreams, a number of attributes must be considered—the flower's color; whether that color is fast or fading, dying, wilted, or healthy; and whether the flower is cut or still growing in the earth. In this article, we'll cover all of those ideas.

Let's get digging!

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Questions Are the Place We Find Answers

When you're trying to find the meaning to your dream, asking questions, even questions that seem basic or obvious, is the best place to start.

Here are the questions I ask myself when flowers show up in my dreams.

Where Are the Flowers?

Are the flowers in a place you know if waking life, or are they in a place located only in dreams? If they are in a place you know in the waking world, think about the associations you have with that place. The associations you have with the place where the flowers are will affect the dream's meaning.

Indoor Flowers

If the flowers are indoors, where are they precisely? Are they by a window or hidden in a closet? Are they cut flowers in a pretty vase or healthy flowers growing in a pot? What room are they in? Consider the symbolism of the room the flowers are in as well as the flowers themselves when trying to interpret your dream.

Outdoor Flowers

Are your dream flowers growing in a field, or are they wilted and scattered about on the ground? Are they growing in a garden? If they are in a garden, is it yours or someone else's? How is the garden growing—neat and well-tended or overrun with weeds?

Cut Flowers

If you dream of cut flowers, are the flowers in a vase filled with water or is it dry? Are the flowers happy, healthy, and vibrant; or are they faded and dying?

Count the Chrysanthemums

How many flowers are there in your dream? Are you looking out onto a field of tulips, staring at a single red rose blooming in solitary beauty or a pot full of growing greenery?

Consider the Lilies

What kind of flowers are in your dream? Before looking into the traditional symbolism of that particular flower, think about your own association with that flower.

For instance, if someone is going to send me flowers as an expression of love, tulips, not roses, are my preference. Daffodils make me happy because I remember the joy I felt in the spring when the two, long, parallel rows in my grandmother's backyard began blooming.

Always consider your own personal association with a symbol before moving outward toward dream dictionary meanings.

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Condition of the Dream Flower

One place to start unraveling the meaning of flowers in dreams is to have a look at the flower's condition.

A dream flower's condition can symbolize health—emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual.

Let's have a look at the different aspects of a dream flower's condition and how it might affect the dream's meaning.

  1. Fading or colorless flowers can symbolize hopelessness—a feeling that there is no color in your waking world.
  2. A single flower drying out or dying alone can symbolize feelings of isolation.
  3. Brightly colored, hydrated, healthy flowers indicate a similar vibrancy in life.
  4. Flowers bathed in sunlight can indicate feelings of intense spirituality.
  5. Wilted flowers in dreams indicate something; some need is not being met. This need can be physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional. Wilted dream flowers may be a call for the spiritual person to attempt to reopen communication with the divine.

Flowers are symbols of our lives; their state in dreams are indications of the health, or lack thereof, of our emotional, physical, and spiritual conditions.

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The Symbolism of Flower Varieties

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Amaryllis
Worth not predicated on beauty
Anthurium
Hospitality
Bird of Paradise
Magnificence
Calla Lily
Purity, magnificence, innocence
Carnation
Pure love, admiration, beauty
Chrysanthemum
Loyal love
Daffodil
Rebirth, eternal life, chivalry
Daisy
Innocence, purity
Freesia
Thoughfulness
Gardenia
Secret love
Hyacinth
Constancy
Iris
Eloquence
Larkspur
Levity
Lilac
Humility, first love, charity
Lily
Resurrection, The Theotokos, purity
Lily of the Valley
Pure heart, sweetness
Orchid
Refined beauty, thoughfulness
Peony
Good marriage, health, prosperity
Queen Anne's Lace
Sanctuary
Ranunculus
Charm
Rose
Love
Snapdragon
Strength, graciousness
Sunflower
Pure thoughts, admiration
Tulips
Used to declare one's love, fame, perfect love
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If creativity is important to the dreamer, it is important not to allow outer influences or destructive voices to cut this vital influence from daily life. We should never surrender that which brings us to blossom!

Creativity Symbols

In the waking world, flowers serve not only as marvels of creation but as miracles of creativity itself. All we need do to see proof of this is to look to the bees collecting the pollen they'll use to create honey as well as wax!

Here are some ways that flowers can appear in dreams as creativity symbols:

Flower Fields

Fields of flowers can indicate a time of high creativity or that the dreamer's creativity if blooming and blossoming.

Weeding a Flower Bed

Weeding a flower bed can indicate attention to creativity—it can mean the dreamer is nurturing creativity, taking it seriously, protecting it from undesirable influences, and anything that might choke its life.

Planting Flowers

Dreams of planting flowers indicate that the dreamer is courageously acting on information received by the unconscious, that he or she is making use of the intuition to give those intangible ideas form in the manifest world.

Cutting Flowers

On the positive side, if the dream flowers are bright and beautiful, cutting flowers in a dream can symbolize the harvest of creative endeavors. However, on the negative side, if the cut flowers are dying this can indicate that one has closed off the mind to the intuition and the creative process.

If creativity is important to the dreamer, it is important not to allow outer influences or destructive voices to cut this vital influence from daily life. We should never surrender that which brings us to blossom!

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Color Symbolism

Just as flowers in waking life are picked out based on the meaning of their colors, so too do dreams select colors to stand-in for various concepts. When attempting to interpret a dream flower's meaning, one should consider the symbolism of its color.

Below are some ideas as to what various color flowers might symbolize:

Color
Meaning
White
Innocence, purity, humility
Blue
Spirituality, loyalty, serenity
Red
Love, courage, beauty
Pink
True love, affection, sweetness
Purple
Royalty, success, mystery
Green
Health, youth, good luck
Orange
Enthusiasm, joy, creativity
Yellow
Hope, remembrance, rebirth, new beginnings, happiness

In addition to the color of the flower itself, take a look at the vibrancy (or the lack thereof) of a dream flower to get a better understanding of the meaning. Bright and brilliant colors indicate the infusion of life while drab ones are directing the dreamer to look at life areas where enthusiasm is fading away.

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Flowers and the Archetypal Self

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung saw flowers as symbols of the archetypal Self. With a center point that radiates outward in soft, intricate designs the flower is a perfect expression of the macro in the micro and the micro in the macro.

We can also compare the process of confronting the darkness in the psyche with the hope of individuation to planting seeds with the hope of future flowers. The ground must be tilled and the soil tended.

We must dig into the soil and entrust it with seeds that we cover and leave behind, waiting for that which we can neither see nor control to do the work of calling what we've planted into being.

If engaged in therapy or some spiritual discipline working on the soul by casting out the ugly and calling out its beauty, then dreams of flowers could herald a degree of Self-integration and individuation.

Self-integration is not the dissolution of the personality.

Self-integration is an expansion of being. It is the acceptance of the truth that while we may be living in a fallen state, we were originally created as whole, sufficient, unique beings. Self-integration simply means that we are now aware of this fact and are on the road to becoming the flower contained in the seed planted in the ground.

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Flowers in Mythology

Flowers have fascinating stories in mythology. Here are just a few:

Hyacinth

Whether due to its physical beauty or the story of its creation is uncertain, but what is known is that the ancient Greeks gave the award of most beautiful flower to the hyacinth.

Hyacinth was, according to Greek mythology, Apollo's best friend killed in a tragic accident born of jealousy. Apollo created the hyacinth to honor his friend and put the words, "AI AI" on the back to express his grief.

Huitzilopochtli

An Aztec deity in whose name "flower wars" were fought.

Olwen

A heroine from Welsh mythology whose footsteps were so light that lilies grew wherever she walked.

Hanakatoba

Hanakatoba is the name given by the Japanese to the meaning of flowers. In Japan flowers have not only symbolic meaning but they also have code words.

Blodeuwedd

In Welsh, her name means "flower-faced." She was created by Gwydion and Math as the remedy to the tynged (curse) placed on Lleu Llaw Gyffes which stated the hero would never have a human wife. Their story does not end well. After cheating on her husband, Blodeuwedd attempts to kill him. He transforms into an eagle, Gwydion changes him back to human, and Lleu then punishes Blodeuwedd by taking away her flower face and turning her into an owl.

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Sources

The Portable Jung, by C. G. Jung.

The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays, 1959-1987 by Joseph Campbell.

The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life, by Richard Wilhelm, and C.G.Jung.

Psychology and Alchemy (Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Vol.12) by C. G. Jung.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2012 Aisling Ireland

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      Anna 

      3 years ago

      My dream included male relatives who have passed away giving me flowers from the scattered bushes that took root from flowers I had scattered along the way. I want it to mean that I have done good in my life and helped people and made a change for some.

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      Terri 

      3 years ago

      Three days ago I dreamt that I was back at the home I grew up in and was outside with my father and was on the walkway along the side of the our house and where there was normally an evergreen hedge there was a row of beautiful medium pink irises growing in bunches there were five or six. I remember being so happy to see my Dad, surprised to be back home and surprised at the pink irises! Why pink irises?

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This was an in depth hub on interpreting flowers in your dreams. Mine's always in a garden with a variety of annual and biannual flowers. I've never heard of mandalas before as in flower symbolism. You've asked a lot of questions in this hub, too, on how to interpret it further. Those photos are beautiful, especially of the star cactus flower. Great hub!

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      elissa 

      4 years ago

      A stranger in dream sees something sticking out of my back at first it looked like a thick stick like hair. She pulls it and it is a flower with a root. A colored flower pinks I seem to remember and green long

      Leaves but it was wet from coming out of my back..

      We were on water in some sort of floating barge

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      kampu 

      4 years ago

      hi i dreamt about purple orchid in a pot growing healthily in the porch of my house and its seeds were floating in a glass bowl of clear water which i was planning to sell, hence talking to a customer but before the deal could finalize i woke up from my dream. In reality i m a student, never sold flower or anything but we have orchids and several flowers in the garden planted by my mom. Will u so kindly interpret my dream? Please?

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      A Latino family lives in the house next door and I often enjoy and admire their family togetherness with friends and relatives playing volleyball in the backyard. No problem relaxing and like to have the belly jiggle when laughing. A teenage nephew is visiting and -sssh- am letting him get some experience for his driving license by taking a supervised spin around the neighborhood sub-division. Was alone in the truck when the father spoke. Thank you so much for the interpretation, Madailein. Got it checked to soon read the article on the anima.

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      Aisling Ireland 

      6 years ago from Bolingbroke, GA

      OK, so, first question is what are your associations with Latino people? It sounds as if you have had positive associations and experiences and perhaps have had fun with Latino people? I ask because the imagery seems fun and friendly.

      However, and I am assuming you are not Latino, the culture is still one that is "foreign" to you--do you perhaps sometimes have difficulty relaxing or having fun?

      It is interesting that a teenage girl is driving you car. Cars in dreams are typically extensions of the self and the person driving the car more or less gives the dreamer a clue as to who or what is more or less running the show.

      Not trying to be shamelessly self-promoting, but try looking at the article I wrote on the anima or look up Jungian anima on the internet. I'm wondering if the teenage girl is an expression of your relationship to the anima.

      By the way, who was driving the vehicle when the father figure appeared at the window?

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Your dream interpretation series are so interesting, well-written and formatted, Madailein. Making a note to read the snake one soon. OK, while I have the chance forgive the indulgence but what could this mornings dream possibly mean? Sitting in a pick-up truck in the front yard watching some fantastical scene when suddenly carloads of Latino families start arriving in their cars. They get out and start walking all around the vehicle until a teenage girl hops in the drivers seat and begins driving me around. We get back and the father or head man of the group comes to the window. I ask him if they wan't to use the yard for a soccer game and he says yes. Gladly say great, drive off and the dream ends. Is there any solution to this perplexing imaging - and this dream is true but ask for an explanation with a sense of humor :D!

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