10 beautiful Japanese flowers and their meanings

Japanese flowers – Flowers are alive, beautiful flowers bloom in the proper climate and weather. There are lots of beautiful Japanese flowers which have been blooming throughout the centuries from ancient times in Japan. Here we would like to introduce beautiful Japanese flowers as well as their beautiful floral language.

Tsubaki (Camellia)

Tsubaki (Camellia)
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This is a beautiful flower often used in traditional Japanese patterns.

It means “humility,” “discretion,” and “the perfect love.”

Shobu (Iris)

Shobu (Iris)
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Meaning – Good news, Glad tidings, Loyalty

Carnation (Kaneshon)

Carnation (Kaneshon)
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A wide variety of meanings depending on color. For example, red carnations represent romantic love and yellow symbolize rejection.

Rabenda (Lavender)

Rabenda (Lavender)
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Meaning – Faithful

Sumire (Violet)

Sumire (Violet)
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It’s said that the flower’s shape is similar to a carpenter’s ink container, so it was given the name “sumire” (“sumi” – ink, “ire” – container).

It has meanings of “a small love,” “sincerity,” and “small bliss.”

Red Spider Lily (Higanbana)

Red Spider Lily (Higanbana)
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Higanbana were historically planted at the edges of cemeteries as they were thought to keep small animals away. As such, they are associated with death and a number of legends surround them. For example, it is said that when you see someone for the last time that higanbana will grow in the place you last said goodbye.

 Momo (Peach)

 Momo (Peach)
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It’s said that this flower was imported from China in the Yayoi period.

The fruit is edible.

In floral language it has the meaning of “I am your captive” and “Fascinating personality”

White Rose (Shiroibara)

White Rose (Shiroibara)
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virtue and chastity

Sakura (Japanese Cherry)

Sakura (Japanese Cherry)
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In floral language it has the meaning of “Accomplishment” and “Beauty of heart”.

Yellow Rose (Kiiroibara)

Yellow Rose (Kiiroibara)
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friendship, devotion

Sakurasou (Primula sieboldii)

Sakurasou (Primula sieboldii)
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It is called Sakurasou because the shape of the flower looks like Sakura.

The flowers have been grown since the Edo period and this flower is quite popular in Japan.

In floral language it has the meaning of “Desire” and “Long-lasting love”.

Ajisai (Hydrangea)

Ajisai (Hydrangea)
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Asagao (Morning Glory)

Asagao (Morning Glory)
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This flower was introduced in Japan in the Heian period.

Just as its name, this flower only blooms in the morning and cool time.

In floral language it has the meaning of “Brief love” and “Bond of love”.

Suiren (Lotus)

Suiren (Lotus)
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 Kiku (Chrysanthemum)

 Kiku (Chrysanthemum)
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The flower is originally from China, but it is also a symbol of Japan as well as Sakura.

In floral language it has the meaning of “Noble”, “Trust me” and “Purity”.

Kaneshon (Carnation)

Kaneshon (Carnation)
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Meaning – Love

Kikyo (Bellflower)

Kikyo (Bellflower)
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Growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall by 30 cm (12 in) wide, it is an herbaceous perennial with dark green leaves and blue flowers in late summer. A notable feature of the plant is the flower bud, which swells like a balloon before fully opening. The five petals are fused together into a bell shape at the base, like its relatives, the campanulas.

Kinmokusei (Orange Osmanthus)

Kinmokusei (Orange Osmanthus)
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This flower was introduced from China to Japan in the Edo period.

In floral language it has the meaning of “Truth” and “Noble person”.

Kosumosu (Cosmos)

Kosumosu (Cosmos)
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This flower was also introduced to Japan in the Edo period.

The shape of the flower is similar to Sakura, so it is written “Autumn Sakura” in Chinese characters (Kanji).

In floral language it has the meaning of “Maiden Japanese heart”, “Cleanliness” and “Love”.

Ume (Japanese Apricot)

Ume (Japanese Apricot)
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A long time ago, Kenzuishi (the Japanese official diplomatic delegations sent to China during the Sui dynasty) brought this tree back to Japan.

The fruit of Ume is eaten in Japan.

In floral language it has the meaning of “Elegance”, “Faithfulness” and “Pure heart”

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