The Best Flowers to Give Mom on Mother's Day

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Who doesn't love giving (and receiving) beautiful flowers? Beyond their gorgeous aesthetic and sentiment, each individual flower has a rich history, tradition and meaning or symbol behind it. With Mother's Day right around the corner, BRIDES has created a guide to the best flowers with special meanings to include in your Mother's Day bouquets and gifts this year.

Tulip (Above)
Adding color and their popular, classic shape to bouquets everywhere, tulips have a rich history and a variety of meanings, depending on color. Similar to the red rose, red tulips are associated with true love, while white tulips reflect notions of forgiveness and yellow tulips are said to express cheerfulness.


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One of the most popular home planted florals, the Orchid is both beautiful, and exotic. This specific type of flower is actually a flowering plant, and is available in a variety of colors. Perfect for Mother's Day gifting, the pink orchid is said to represent femininity and grace.


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Widely known for being the flower to signify honor and richness, these beauties are also extremely common in pre-made, ready to purchase bouquets — perfectly convenient for Mother's Day. Some also consider these blooms to be an indication of a happy marriage, which must be why they're so popular among brides!


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Red, yellow, pink, white, and even rainbow — roses are quite popular as gifts of endearment and rightfully so. The traditional red rose is often used as a symbol of love, while pink roses symbolize admiration and gentleness. Love neutral flowers? Cream colored roses signify thoughtfulness — a beautiful way to say "thank you" (for everything!)


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Also available in nearly every color of the rainbow, carnations generally symbolize love, with each unique color also meaning something more. Most appropriate for Mother's Day, the pink carnation carries meaning of mother's undying love. (Also, carnations are the traditional flower for 1st wedding anniversaries!)


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Not only do these beauties give off spring and summer vibes, these are also one of the most useful flowers with a rich history amongst Native Americans. Turning to face the sun when still planted in soil, they also are said to express happiness and warmth, similar to the shining sun. (It's the 3rd wedding anniversary flower, too!)

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