Flowers That Represent Love & Friendship: 7 Blooms That Show Your Friends How Much You Care

February 28, 2023

They’ve laughed with you, let you cry on their shoulder, and they’re faithful through thick and thin.

Friends are always there for you — and what better way to celebrate them than by sending an arrangement of flowers that represent love and friendship?

But with the thousands of varieties of flowers across the globe, how do you know which ones will best convey your message? 

We get it. Choosing just the right flowers that symbolize friendship can be tricky. 

While we feel that any flower can help express your love and friendship, there are certain flowers that over time, have come to represent friendship.

That’s why we’ve created a list of seven beautiful blooms that will let your friends know exactly how you feel.

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What Flower Means Love and Friendship?

Yellow roses are the flowers most commonly thought to represent love and friendship. But the truth is, any color and type of flower can symbolize friendship.

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7 Flowers That Represent Friendship

#1: Sunflowers

Ahh, sunflowers. 

Their bright, cheery faces can light up any room. 

According to the ancient myth of Apollo and Clytie, sunflowers represent:

  • Admiration
  • Loyalty; and 
  • Love

This friendship flower is easily dried to create a long-lasting reminder of your special bond.

#2: Gerbera Daisies

These bright, colorful blooms are a perfect way to bring joy to any friend.

Gerbera daisies provide instant happiness, compliment almost any decor, and represent:

  • Innocence
  • Power
  • Purity
  • Cheerfulness; and 
  • Love

You can send gerbera daisies in a fun, colorful bouquet or stick with a vase of your friend’s favorite color. 

#3: Roses

The red rose is famous for conveying romantic intentions. 

But many people don't know that roses, yellow roses, in particular, are also among the flowers that mean friendship and love. 

Yellow roses are famous for their fragrance and splendor and are the classic flower of friendship. 

They convey … 

  • Love
  • Joy; and 
  • Care

… and since they don't share the same meaning as red roses, yellow roses can be the perfect choice for a new romantic relationship where red roses don’t quite feel appropriate.

#4: Zinnias

You can't go wrong with a gift of zinnias.

Zinnia's vibrant, sunshiny colors represent:

  • Enduring affection
  • Goodness; and 
  • Fond remembrance

In Victorian times, zinnias were the symbol of thoughtfulness and would commonly be sent to an absent friend or one you hadn’t spent time with for a while.

A bouquet of zinnias will let your friend know just how much you value their friendship, and that you’ll stick by their side no matter what life throws their way.

#5: Tulips

These beautifully classic blooms aren't just for springtime. Nowadays, they are available throughout the year.

Give tulips to your friends year-round to symbolize: 

  • Love
  • Care
  • Positivity; and 
  • Best wishes

Known for their bright, bold, colors, tulips come in many varied styles, including: 

  • Dutch tulips — This is what most people think of when they envision a tulip. 
  • Double tulips — The same look as Dutch tulips, but with the added volume of extra petals.
  • Parrot tulips — With their elongated petals and scalloped edges, these tulips resemble parrot wings.

#6: Daffodils

Daffodils are bright, happy flowers that represent:

  • Friendship
  • Optimism
  • Good luck
  • Forgiveness; and 
  • Positivity

Their vivacious blooms make the ideal gift to commemorate a longtime friendship or to send your best wishes to a friend who is embarking on a new adventure in life.


Daffodils even have a fascinating place in Greek mythology in the story of Narcissus and Echo, symbolizing the importance of healthy self-love. 

#7: Alstroemeria

The alstroemeria, or Peruvian lily, boasts delicate flowers in a variety of colors. 

This bloom has long been a flower that represents a strong bond between two individuals that goes beyond romantic love — the type of friendship deeply rooted in commitment, strength, and undying, mutual trust. 

Each of alstroemeria's six petals has special significance and represents: 

  • Compassion
  • Patience
  • Appreciation
  • Humor
  • Understanding; and 
  • Loyalty

You can’t go wrong with expressing your friendship with a thoughtful arrangement of alstroemeria.

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Occasions To Give Flowers That Represent Friendship

What’s the best time to send flowers that represent friendship and love? Consider the gift of flowers on:

  • Birthdays
  • Best Friend’s Day
  • Galentine’s Day
  • Boss’s Day
  • Siblings' Day
  • Coworker’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Friendship Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day; or
  • ANY day

The fact is, the best time to send flowers that represent friendship is anytime you want to let a friend know how much you care! 

Don’t Want To Send Flowers? Try One of These Non-Floral Gifts

Is your friend not a “flower person?” No problem!

There are plenty of non-floral gifts you can send to represent friendship, like …

… that can perfectly express just how much you care.

Botanica Floral + Home: Flowers and Gifts To Celebrate Any Occasion — Including Friendship

At Botanica Floral + Home, we’re flower professionals with years of experience selecting just the right flowers for any occasion. 

And with hundreds of satisfied clients throughout the Portland area, we’re confident you’ll love our unique, exquisite arrangements and professional service. 

We offer a wide variety of flower arrangements and other gifts that are perfect for any occasion, from birthdays and anniversaries to letting a friend or acquaintance know just how you feel.

Contact us today.

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