26 Beautiful Flowers with Meanings of Self Love

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By Anna Marikar

Whether you want to celebrate yourself, or just to remind yourself that you’re beautiful no matter what, these flowers will help you feel good about your self.

Connect with these surprising flower meanings to tell yourself how much you love yourself, in the language of flowers.

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Maybe you thought that flowers are just pretty things that you need to show off. But they’re much more than that. They have their own unique meanings and the use of each different type can convey certain messages. 

We’ve put together a list of the best flowers to symbolise self love, each with a special meaning that can be used to send a message of self love and appreciation. 

Flowers have always had a profound effect on humans. They have been used to send love, show affection and to honour loved ones. Some flowers have even been used as religious symbols. There are also symbolic meanings behind specific plants.

Flowers can have many meanings and symbolise something about our relationship with ourselves and others.

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Self Love Flower Meanings

Whether you need to honor yourself or send a message to someone else, these flowers can help remind you of the beauty of self love and self acceptance.

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Here are 26 beautiful flowers that can be used to symbolise self love.


Daffodils are named after the Greek God Narcissus and symbolise self love. The daffodil is also said to symbolise new beginnings because they bloom during Spring, this meaning is also perfect for your self love journey.

Daffodils are also resilient wild flowers, spreading happiness to all.

daffodils and sunlight

A bunch of daffodils on your kitchen table will remind you to stay positive and love yourself first.

How sweet the daffodil, it’s sunlight hue calls out – Notice me, I am Joy.


This flower and it’s splendid beauty represents pride, self confidence and self esteem, and is the symbol of a strong confident woman.

This flower can be used as a positive symbol of female empowerment.


Wild Flowers

Wild flowers are a beautiful reminder to bloom wherever we are planted and not to be restricted by rules or conventions.

wild flowers bloom where you are planted

Like Wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would.


This plant symbolises growth, self growth and self development. The different colors of the lilac plant have slightly different connotations, with the purple ones being linked to spirituality.

In ancient times, lilacs were linked with death and mourning. This doesn’t have to be a negative connotation.

lilac plant a lilac only blossoms after a harsh winter

A lilac only blossoms after a harsh winter.


Symbolises long life, calm and tranquility. Lavender is linked with the crown chakra which relates to centering yourself, and connecting with your higher purpose.

Purple is also the color of royalty, and is also a symbol of LGBTQ pride.

lavender meaning


This unique flower represents Courage, Strength and Protection, all positive attributes that we can use to meet our own needs, and stay strong.



Fireweed is a type of purple flower from the primrose family, that grows quickly in areas affected by forest fires. This beautiful meaning symbolises rising from difficulty, flourishing despite your traumas.

She’s the type of flower that can still grow after a forest fire.

she's the type of flower that can still grow after a forest fire


The marigold symbolises the power and strength that lives inside of you, and your inner light. It’s also linked to the sun.

a marigold symbolises the light inside of you


Sunflowers symbolise loyalty and adoration. These flowers are also related to self respect, and symbolise God’s love.

Sunflowers turn to face the sun, growing tall and proud, despite their difficulties.

"be a sunflower" sunflowers turn to face the sun growing tall and proud despite their darkest days

I want to be like a sunflower so even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the light.


The pineapple always stands tall, wears it crown and is sweet on the inside.

Pineapples also symbolise friendship. This quirky plant is a delicious reminder to always wear your crown, like the queen that you are.

pineapple always wear your crown

Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.

Red Roses

Red roses and pink rose petals are well known for symbolising romantic love, and unconditional love. But who said we can’t turn that towards ourselves?

There is no need to wait for valentines day, or to receive a bridal bouquet from someone else. You are worthy of your own deep and unconditional love and self acceptance regardless of outside connections.

roses give yourself time to grow

Yellow Roses

Yellow roses are a symbol of friendship and joy, delight and gladness. This bright sunny color is a reminder of the love that surrounds you and nourishes you in life, and that it doesn’t necessarily have to be romantic.

yellow roses

White Carnation

These white flowers are known for symbolising pure love, innocence, and motherhood.

They also carry a meaning of deep sorrow, which may resonate if you are going through loss or hard times.

white carnations

Red Carnation

Light red carnations symbolise friendship and admiration and the dark red shades symbolise affection.

red carnations

Calla Lily

Calla lilies are a distinctive flower coming in a variety of colors from the classic white, to the orange lily, yellow, blue, pink, lavender, or dark maroon.

calla lily

Black calla lilies are the rarest and a powerful symbol of elegance and mystery.

A white lily flower is the symbol of the Virgin Mary, because of it’s connections to purity, fertility and divine love.

Lily of the Valley

This fresh flower symbolises happiness and purity. Go ahead and build yourself a peaceful and happy life with this flower by your side.

lily of the valley symbol of happiness and purity
Fresh spring lilies of the valley on natural green blurry background

Day Lily

The day lily has a bright orange, yellow color palette and is linked with the meaning of forgetting your worries. Take this plant as a symbol to live in the moment, and forget about things from your past that are holding you back.

day lily orange

Day lilies are a flower without a strong scent, so if you prefer something that’s going to be seen and not smelled then this is a great option for you.

Easter Lily

The Easter lily is a symbol of rebirth and transformation. This is a powerful meaning for those on a journey of self discovery and reclaiming yourself after being lost, or broken.

easter lily

Sweet Pea

Sweet peas are associated with something sweet and cute, like a child. Use this flower to remind yourself to have love and compassion for your inner child within.

sweet pea flower


Dahlia represents beauty, confidence and dignity.

Some people say a red dahlia is a symbol of deceit or a flower to symbolise a liar, but it also has the meaning of perseverance and the ability to overcome dark times.

Take the so called negative meaning as a reminder that we can’t control anyone else’s narrative about us. What people think or say about us is their own business, stand strong, and keep doing you.

red and white dahlias

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.

Yellow Iris

Yellow irises symbolise passion. The meaning of the word Iris is rainbow (from the Greek word) and in Ancient Greek mythology Iris was a Goddess who acted as a bridge between the divine and the people, a link between heaven and earth.

yellow iris flower

Red Chrysanthemum

Like red roses, red chrysanthemums symbolise love and passion. What greater person to dedicate this love to, than your own self?

red chrysanthemum self love

Red Tulips

one of the meanings of tulips is that they symbolise change. Change is a powerful tool in self growth, so this is a beautiful meaning to connect with.

red tulips embrace change


Yellow Carnations can be said to symbolise disappointment in someone. Although this could be seen as a negative meaning, use this as a reminder to rely on yourself first. You will always have your own back and never let your self down.

Pink Carnations are a symbol of gratitude, one of the most powerful emotions to connect with for happiness, and attracting more good into your life.

meanings of carnations

Bells of Ireland

Like the four leaf clover, this plant symbolises good luck. This plant comes from the mint family and are actually found natively in Turkey and surrounding countries, not in Ireland despite the name.

bells of ireland plant good luck

Lotus Flower

Lotus flower symbolises spiritual growth and something beautiful rising from the mud.

rise from the mud like a lotus flower

The different meanings of these gorgeous flowers can help you tune into all of the aspects of self love.

you belong among the wild flowers

You can even use flower essence and flower scents to combat low self-esteem. Find one of these flowers that you like best, who’s meaning resonates with you and who’s colors and appearance makes you feel happy.

Once you build a symbolic connection to this flower, whenever you see your favorite blooms or notice the scent of that flower it will give you a boost to remember the strong confident woman that you are.

So, go ahead and bloom like a bad B.

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Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.

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