Red Flowers - A Guide to Red Flowers

“Painters use red like spice.” -- Derek Jarman
Red Flowers

Red flowers are the ultimate hallmark of passionate love, being associated by color with the heart. This red flower guide will give you a glimpse on red flower types and meanings and how are they used in flower arrangements.

Red is the dichotomy of good and evil. It is the hottest color of the color spectrum, being associated with the setting sun, blood, but also with the fire and the devil. It represents love and war at the same time, it is the color of anger and violence, but also of blushing and desire.

Red is a greatly stimulative color, arousing en entire palette of emotions, from passion to rage. Physically, it is said to increase blood pressure, the heart and breath rate, to enhance energy and enthusiasm and to convey confidence. Red is definitely an attention grabber, thus being used to signal danger (lights, street signs) or importance and power (red carpets).

In nature, red is encountered in the color of strawberries, cherries, apples, tomatoes and red flowers such as tulips, roses, carnations, gerberas. While in South Africa red represents mourning, in China it is the color of happiness, bringing about good luck. In political culture, red is associated to communism and socialism. As a feng shui color, red is the Fire element color, being responsible for bringing joy, excitement and sexual desire in your home.

Red flowers are probably the most vibrant and exciting flowers that nature has given us. When thinking about expressing sensuality and romance, lovers usually offer red flowers as gifts.

Red flowers come in a variety of shades, each carrying a special meaning:

  • Vibrant red flowers express burning passion.
  • Burnt orange-red flowers are a symbol of ardent energy.
  • Deeper cherry red flowers carry the meaning of love and romance.
  • Crimson red flowers are symbolize sexuality.
  • A rich burgundy red flower signifies intense desire.

Don’t be afraid to use red flowers to convey strength, courage and distinction.

Red flowers are used in arrangements in order to catch the eye, suggesting sophistication and confidence, even in small doses, which can be more effective than a large amount of red color. Red flowers arrangements are a sign of luxury and wealth, especially if you use red roses. Red flowers can be combined with a large variety of other flowers.

Here is a small guide for combining red flowers with other colored flowers:

  • Red flowers form an ideal couple with emerald green greenery, red and green being complementary colors on the color wheel. Red flowers combined with green are traditional to the Christmas Holiday. To enrich the beauty of a red flower, one can use greenery such as ferns.
  • Combining red flowers with cool blue flowers offer a great contrast, chilling the hotness of red.
  • Use light pink flowers with red flowers for a harmonious combination.
  • If you use yellow flowers in combination with red flowers, be careful that the two colors are not too close in value such as dark red flowers in combination with golden or pale yellow flowers. Otherwise, red flowers are nicely enhanced by shades of yellow.
  • In order to create a cheerful arrangement, try mixing red flowers with pink and orange flowers.
  • Red flowers combined with purple flowers create an elegant combination, but mind that too much purple can sometimes be overpowering.
  • White flowers are often used with red flowers, especially when it comes to roses, for wedding arrangements or other special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, this mix symbolizing purity and passion combined.

One important rule about red flowers: sometimes less is more. A dash of red flowers can be more effective than a solid color red flower arrangement.

While an all red wedding may seem too daring, red wedding flowers are fairly common in traditional weddings, as they stand for romance and luxury. A red flower bouquet perfectly complements a white or cream wedding dress, creating a striking effect.

Red flowers such as red hibiscus are very popular in tropical beach weddings, such as Hawaiian weddings. These red flowers are used in bridal bouquets, for flower necklaces and even worn in the bride’s hair, adding a touch of passion and exoticism.

Also, red flowers are a great compliment to a black and red wedding, being the perfect splash of color on a black wedding gown or bridesmaid dress.

The perfect red flowers for a wedding are by far the red roses. Two species of this fragrant red flower are most often used in bouquets, due to their wonderful color and velvety texture: “Grand Prix” and “Passion”. Other popular red flowers for brides’ bouquets and weddings are: red anthurium, red calla lilies, red Asiatic lilies and red orchids.

For centerpieces and other wedding flower arrangements one can use also other red flowers such as: red tulips, red hibiscus and red gerbera daisies.

If you want to add a royal touch to your wedding, add light blue flowers to your red flower arrangements.

If you’re having an outside wedding, the perfect match for your red flowers are bright yellow flowers.

However, you are free to use whatever is your favorite red flower for your wedding. Two things to remember though:

  • Red flowers offer maximum of color with a minimum quantity of flowers.
  • Red flowers make a more pleasant ambience and add romance and richness.

Our chosen variety of red flowers is given below:

  • Red Rose

    The red rose is by excellence the Lovers’ Rose, being associated with the blood and the heart since the Ancient Greek and Roman Empires. From the light red, to cardinal or deep red, these red flowers are a metaphor of love, passion and romance. Being used in wedding ceremonies to symbolize an eternal bond, this red flower conveys a message of “first love” (rosebud) or “I’m still in love with you” (open rose).

  • Red Lily

    This red flower, originally from Caucasus has a less common color for a lily. The legend says the red lily was born from a proud white lily which blushed and lowered its head with embarrassment as Christ walked by it.

  • Red Hydrangea

    As hydrangeas are usually versatile flowers when it comes to changing their color, a red hydrangea can be obtained both naturally and artificially by changing the soil mineral composition of a pink hydrangea. The most famous varieties of this red flower are: "Forever&Ever" Red Hydrangea and "Lady in Red" Hydrangea.

  • Anthurium

    With a distinctive heart shape and the bold shiny red flowers, the red anthurium, also called the Flamingo Flower, is one of the longest lasting tropical flowers. This red flower originating from Hawaii is a symbol of abundance, happiness and, most of all, hospitality.

  • Red Tulip

    The red tulip carries different meanings from the Freudian “perfect lover” to the Victorian “declaration of love”. A Turkish legend places this red flower as the symbol of perfect love, saying that it has grown from the droplets of blood of a lovestruck prince whose beloved one has died.

  • Red Gerbera Daisy

    Red gerbera daisies symbolize being unconscious in love. These red flowers with their velvety petals have the most perfect shape for a gerbera daisy flower.

  • Red Calla Lily

    Widely used in flower arrangements, this red flower comes in shades such as burgundy red, crimson, scarlet or ruby. The most famous varieties of red calla lilies, both natural and artificially obtained, are: “Red Sox”, “Majestic Red” and “Red Alert”.

  • Red Orchid

    These red flowers usually grow in the Amazonian jungle, Thailand or Singapore. Among the most popular varieties of red orchids one can mention: the Dendrobium ”Red Bull” and the Cymbidium Red Orchid.

  • Red Hibiscus

    The red hibiscus is a flower most popular in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. These red flowers are worn by young women behind their ear in order to express that they want a lover (behind left ear) or they are already promised (behind right ear).

  • Red Carnation

    Depending on its shade of red, the red carnation can symbolize admiration, charity (light red) or affection and deep love (cardinal or dark red). The message conveyed by this red flower is: “My heart aches for you”.