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Top 10 Flowers That Symbolize Change

Top 10 Flowers That Symbolize Change

Changes are a part of life. From landing a new job to moving to a new city, life is filled with changes and surprises around every corner.

If you are trying to congratulate a friend about making changes in their lives or if you feel as if you want to embrace a bit of change in your own life, you can do so by finding flowers that symbolize change and all that it entails.

Flowers that symbolize change are: Scarlet Pimpernel, Heather Flower, Lilac, Iris, Daffodil, Black Rose, Delphinium, Snapdragon, Tulips and Purple Statice.

1. Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

Anagallis arvensis.
Anagallis arvensis
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The Anagallis arvensis, also commonly referred to as the Scarlet Pimpernel, is well-known for its meaning of big changes in life.

The flower itself can be found throughout both the Americas, Eastern Asia, Southern Africa, Australia, the Pacific Islands, and the Indian Subcontinent, making it extremely worldly and versatile.

The Scarlet Pimpernel appears as a weed to most gardeners, but produces bright orange, pink, red, and blue flower petals with vibrant centers.

The Scarlet Pimpernel will not bloom unless the sun is out, even if there is currently overcast weather where your Scarlet Pimpernel is planted.

The Scarlet Pimpernel is often referred to as the “Shepherd’s weather glass”, as it helps farmers and shepherds alike to predict upcoming and current weather conditions.

The plant itself is rarely used medicinally, as it has many toxic properties that come along with it.

However, it may be useful as an insect repellent in some situations. In old folklore, the Scarlet Pimpernel is referred to as the flower of change and can be used to represent major changes in one’s own life.

2. Heather Flower

Heather Flower.
Heather Flower
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Heather flowers are also known for their transforming and ever-evolving nature, lending them a symbolic meaning of change.

Most Heather flowers, or any flower that can also be found in the Ericaceae family is known for their beautiful and lush springtime bloom, which is often another symbolic time for change as well as new beginnings.

Heather flowers are extremely gorgeous and vibrant, blooming in bright whites, pinks, and other warm colors during the spring.

Most often, Heather flowers were associated with a positive or drastic change in one’s life. These changes that Heather flowers represent are typically extremely transformative for the individual who sees the Heather flowers or encounters them during a time of need.

Also, Heather flowers may sometimes symbolize an individual’s change from the ordinary and mundane to extremely unique, individual, and self-driven.

The Heather flower and its entire family are associated with positivity and optimism, making this a great flower for gift-giving and for planting or placing on display.

3. Lilac

Stockholm Lilac.
Stockholm Lilac
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The lilac flower has many significant meanings and symbolic tales about it, as it has deep roots all throughout history and agriculture. In history, the Lilac originates in Greek mythology, and is extremely symbolic.

It is said that the God of forests, Pan, fell in love with Syringa, a nymph, who later turned herself into a lilac shrub as Pan attempted to pursue her romantically.

The lilac flower is often associated with springtime and renewal, which is why some may also consider it a flower that means change, especially when given as a gift or when placed on display.

Because lilacs are typically various shades of purple, they are also viewed as extremely delicious, luxurious, and royal in some cultures and in some traditions, even today.

Lilacs can indicate serenity, peace, and tranquility, even when someone is experiencing major changes in their everyday lives.

In some beliefs, the purple lilac is closely associated with falling in love or even with having an infatuation with another.

A pink lilac may be considered a friendly version of the lilac, symbolizing acceptance, feeling content, and youth.

Additionally, white lilacs are also a symbol of expressing one’s emotions as well as modesty, depending on the situation in which they are planted, used, displayed, or given.

4. Iris

Purple Iris Flower.
Purple Iris Flower
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The Iris is a beautiful blooming flower with three long petals and three sepals that come in a variety of colors, from white and pink to blue and red.

The name Iris is derived from the Goddess of the rainbow in Greek mythology, also known as Iris. You can find Iris flowers around most of the northern hemisphere, including in Europe, the US, and even throughout regions of Asia.

Most often, the Iris flower is thought of as a sign of change, as it is a large blooming flower that arrives during the first signs of spring, helping to depart from the winter while feeling welcomed into the spring.

From Greek mythology to modern-day beliefs throughout Japan, the Iris flower is thought to be a sign of good luck, good fortune, and in some cases, even natural or obvious beauty.

The purple Iris is known for its symbolic meaning of loyalty, royalty, and wisdom. The blue Iris often represents devotion, faith, and, in some cases, even hope.

While a yellow Iris typically symbolizes friendship and a deeper bond or love, white Irises represent patience, innocence, and purity in most cases.

Pink Irises are representative of romance and love, while violet irises may represent elegance, charm, and youth.

5. Daffodil

A daffodil flower.
A daffodil flower
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The daffodil is a common and popular flower from the Narcissus sylverstrus family that can be found throughout many regions, including North Africa, North America, and even Southern Europe.

Most often, the daffodil flower will grow in a cluster or a group, and it is not uncommon to find patches of daffodils growing in fields of wildflowers.

Unfortunately, the daffodil only lasts a total of 20 days, which is one of the reasons it is often considered a symbol of change for those who are familiar with floral life cycles.

The Daffodil flower is also shaped like a trumpet, which, to some, is also symbolic of its announcement of the spring, even if the flowers are not here to stay for long.

Oftentimes, the daffodil flower is associated with positivity and optimism, and for many, it is a clear sign of hope, even in the bleakest and darkest times in life.

6. Black Rose

Black Roses.
Black Roses
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If you are a fan of roses or if you are an avid gardener, you may be wondering how it is possible to grow black roses. In truth, it is not possible to naturally grow black roses.

However, in various traditions and cultures, the sign of a black rose can symbolize the removal or riddance of old and/or bad habits while making room for new and improved habits.

Black roses are not found in nature, so if you wish to display a black rose, one of the most common ways to do so is to paint the rose(s) themselves or to dye them, depending on the type of rose display you are creating and for what purpose.

Displaying a black rose can also help through the transition of the grieving process while representing a rebirth or the ability to start anew with the vision you have in mind for your life.

In tarot, as well as in a variety of ancient beliefs, the black rose is not always a negative symbol. Some belief systems interpret the signs of the black rose as a sign that it is okay to move on from grieving over a death due to surrounding new beginnings.

7. Delphinium

Delphinium flower.
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The Delphinium, also a flower that is a part of the Ranunculae family, has been named from the Greek word “delphis”, which can be translated into “dolphin”.

The Delphinium flower is long and slender and somewhat mirrors the appearance of a standard dolphin nose, hence its name. In total, there are currently more than 300 species of the Delphinium flower in nature that can be found all around the world today.

The Delphinium flower is associated commonly with openness, positivity, and the idea of welcoming change.

8. Snapdragon

Colorful snapdragon flowers close up.
Colorful snapdragon flowers

If you love unique flowers that truly stand out and want to symbolize change, using a flower that is one-of-a-kind, snapdragons, from the Antirrhinum family, may be a perfect choice.

The snapdragon comes from the word ‘Antirrhinum’, a Greek word for “dragon flower”. Its petals are unique and bulky, growing vertically in vibrant colors such as pink.

Most often, the Snapdragon represents positivity, warding off evil, and symbolizing a positive and hopeful change.

9. Tulips

A White Tulip.
A White Tulip
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Tulips are a wildly popular flower, and come in a wide range of colors. While tulips may be ordinary in nature, they often represent change and the welcoming of new seasons due to their vibrant appearance and tall and strong stature.

10. Purple Statice

Purple Statice.
Purple Statice
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Used in many bouquets (for weddings and other celebratory events), purple Statice flowers are often represented as a symbol or token of good luck and future fortune.

They are often combined with baby’s breath flowers when giving and creating bouquets, as these are also symbolic of peace and optimism.


Understanding the significance of change in our lives is essential, as life does not slow down or stop for anyone.

By having the ability to embrace and appreciate change, you can make the most out of nearly any situation you may find yourself in, even if it feels tough or, at times, even nearly impossible.