Red roses are delivered to your office. The air is abuzz with excitement. Why? Because someone as romantic interest in you, and they want everybody to know it.
We ascribe a particular meaning to the giving of red roses. This is floriography. Let’s explore this fun phenomenon.
Enjoy this robust bibliography for the history of floriography.
Dictionnaire du language des fleurs (1809) by Joseph Hammer-Purgstall’s
Le langage des Fleurs (1819) by Louise Cortambert, a.k.a. ‘Madame Charlotte de la Tour’
Floral Emblems published (1825) by Henry Phillips
The Language of Flowers; With Illustrative Poetry (1834) by Frederic Schoberl
The Sentiment of Flowers; or, Language of Flora, (1836) by Robert Tyas
The Language of Flowers. (1884) by Kate Greenaway
Flora’s Dictionary (1829) by Elizabeth Wirt
The Garland of Flora (1829) by Dorothea Dix
Flora’s Lexicon (1839) by Catharine H. Waterman Esling
The Poetry of Flowers and Flowers of Poetry (1841) by Frances Sargent Osgood
The Flower Vase (1844) by Sarah Carter Edgarton Mayo
Poetry of Flowers (1848) by Caroline Matilda Kirkland
The Illustrated Language of Flowers (1858) by L. Burke