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Red Flowers: 11 Types and What They Mean

Red Flowers

As the number one flower-giving holiday approaches, knowing what different types of red flowers mean will be beneficial when you go to the florist shop.

Valentine’s Day is all about love, hearts, and red flowers. But each red flower carries a unique meaning. To convey the right sentiment to the floral recipient on Valentine’s Day or any other flower-giving occasion you will need to know the meaning of red flowers.

Read on to discover 11 types of popular red flowers and what they mean.


Photo by Ross Domke

This red flower was named after a Greek maiden and red amaryllis represents determination, pride, and beauty. Receiving these red flowers convey the message of passion, attraction, and developing love. Amaryllis are tall and sturdy height so they also symbolize strength.


This red flower would make a good gift for someone you love as it symbolizes love, passion, and romance. It’s a unique plant that can be grown indoors and outdoors and will convey the message to the recipient that the giver finds them unique.

A red begonia will stand out from the crowd of other red flowers since it is rarely thought of as a plant that symbolizes love and uniqueness.


Red carnations mean you admire a person and feel affection towards them, how deep the affection is shown in how deep the shade of red is. Dark red means you love the person in a romantic way and soft shades of red symbolize a platonic love, like that between a mother and child or siblings.


The red freesia is very fragrant and is often used as a wedding flower to represent trust between the newly married couple. This red flower can also symbolize innocence and friendship.


Red hyacinth is one of the few red flowers that does not symbolize love or romance. This red flower symbolizes play time and recreation. Ideal for use during an outdoor gathering.


Red hellebores symbolize serenity, tranquility, and peace. They are one of the few plants that thrive when grown in shade and will last a long time as a cut flower.


The exotic bloom of a red orchid symbolizes strength and courage when gifted to yourself and allowed to be a part of your home or office decor. When a red orchid is gifted to someone else it represents fire, desire, passion, and romance. If you want to know more about this tropical flower, read our article about Orchid meaning and symbolism


Also known as the Christmas Flower, the poinsettia is a red flower representing cheer and celebration during the Christmas season.

The poinsettia flower is a five-pointed bract that is shaped like a star and symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red bracts are also thought to symbolize the blood of Christ.


A red ranunculus symbolizes charm and attractiveness in many cultures. The red flower also symbolizes passion, love, and romance.


These classic fragrant flowers come in a wide range of colors but red always symbolizes love. A dozen red roses or just one solitary rose is the ultimate symbol of romance.

Bright red roses symbolize love and as the shade of red deepens, this red flower symbolizes a deepening commitment to the relationship.

Sweet Pea

Red sweat pea

Photo by Raimond Klavins

The very name of this red flower envokes the feeling of affection and warmth. Sweet peas are hardy annual plants that are the official flower of April. The sweet fragrance, delicate petals, and red blooms symbolize blissful pleasure.

This red flower can be given to convey the meaning of ‘hello, we will have a good time’, or ‘goodbye, I had a good time’.

Red flowers are always a good choice when it comes to gifting. If you are still not sure the color conveys the message you want to send,  why don’t you check out Best Pink FlowersAmazing Purple Flowers or 18 Yellow Flowers for some more inspiration?

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