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Are Flowers the New Crystals?

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Mar 17, 2015

“The secret language of flowers isn’t as commonly known or used as it was in the Victorian era,” says Brittany Asch, and she should know: As the founder of downtown New York flower house BRRCH, Asch creates intricate bloom installations for fashion studios, celebrity homes, and even album art. (That clutch of wildflowers on the HAERTS record cover? Pure Brittany.)

“Back then, people had floriography dictionaries, and would often communicate their feelings for someone through flowers,” Asch continues. “Messages could be decoded not only through the type of flowers sent, but in the color of the flower, and how it was delivered.”

Who knew petals carried such significance?

Here, Asch educates us on what that pretty bouquet of blossoms really means… and whether you should send it, keep it for yourself… or run and hide.

PINK CARNATIONS
These mean: “I’ll never forget you.” Which indicates they they are a liar, unless you’ve known them for a very long time.

WHITE LILIES
They can mean, “It’s heavenly to be with you.” Which is what I imagine every model thinks when she enters a Leonardo DiCaprio party.

YELLOW ROSES
These are a great way for someone to friendzone you…but it also means that they really love being your friend!

DANDELIONS
Whoever you’re giving these to might think you’re being cheap, but these are actually very thoughtful and signal utter happiness.

DAISIES
If your friend has been on too many Tinder dates and can’t figure out whether their suitor likes them or not, give them a daisy and it might save you three hours of back-and-forth. The truth lies in the last petal they pull off of the flower, with the famed, “He loves me, he loves me not…”  (Or just text him and ask. That works, too.)

BABY’S BREATH
This is great to give to that friend of yours that bakes you cookies (instead of hands you vodka) when you’re sad. You know, the kind of girl who thinks 50 Shades of Grey is risqué…

HYDRANGEAS
Be careful with these, because they can go two ways: You either give them to someone you adore… or someone you loathe. In my opinion, it just means mixed signals. Avoid.

CHRYSANTHEMUMS
These signify abundance and wealth, so I would send those to my friend who just received a raise. Or Zuckerberg.

PINK TULIPS
For the person that wants to buy flowers for someone they just started dating, but doesn’t want to come on too strong, go with pink tulips. They indicate caring without being overwhelmingly romantic.

Credits

  • Brittany Asch photographed by David Brandon Geeting in Brooklyn. Stylist: Mary Kate Steinmiller. Hair: Rachel Bodt for Cutler Salon. Makeup: Jeffrey Baum at Atelier Management using Stila. Photographer’s assistant: Tim Schutsky.

    FUN FACT
    The "language of flowers" is thought to have originated in Persia. Charles II of Sweden brought the idea to Europe after a fun road trip there... in the 1700s.