40 Chinese Flowers and Their Symbolic Meanings

China is home to a rich biodiversity and a wealth of cultural traditions that are colored by the many flowers that are supported by China’s incredibly diverse ecosystems. In this guide, I’ll share 40 beautiful Chinese flowers and their symbolic meanings. 

Flower Symbolism in China and the Chinese Language of Flowers

In China, various flowers are ascribed their own culturally significant symbolic meanings that can carry immense ranges of emotion in a traditional Chinese garden.

Now let’s get into answering the main question. 

40 Popular Types of Chinese Flowers

1. Aster (紫菀花): Patience, elegance

In Chinese culture, asters (flowers that belong to the Aster genus) generally have a variety of symbolic meanings, including good luck, achievement, a bright future, patience, elegance, and long-distance love.

In Chinese culture, azaleas are strongly associated with home, homesickness, and thinking about home.

2. Azalea (杜鹃花): Passion, womanhood

3. Baby’s Breath (满天星): Innocence, purity

The Chinese name for baby’s breath flowers is similarly poetic to its English epithet as the word can describe either a sky full of stars or puffed, white clouds.

Begonia flowers have recently grown increasingly popular in Chinese culture due to their inclusion in the title of a hit Chinese animated series called Big Fish and Begonia.

4. Begonia (秋海棠): Hidden talents, wealth

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