The survey, which was conducted by premium dating site EliteSingles, asked 1300 people for their opinions on the most romantic flowers.
While, somewhat predictably, red roses were voted into the #1 spot, the rest of the top 10 was a diverse bouquet of blooms, containing everything from tulips to lilacs to daisies:
The top 10 most romantic flowers of all time
- Red roses
- Roses of other colours (e.g pink or yellow)
According to the survey, 48% of men and 36% of women agree that, along with romance, it’s important to pay attention to the symbolic meanings of your flowers.
EliteSingles is here to help on that front: the company has delved into the Victorian love language of flowers and discovered the secret symbolic meanings of Canada’s top 10 blooms:
The secret meanings of the most romantic flowers
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- Red roses – for true love
- Roses of other colours (eg pink/ yellow)
– yellow for joy; pink for grace
- Orchids – for charm and refinement
- Tulips – for love that endures
- Lilies – red for passion; calla for beauty
- Wildflowers – e.g bluebells for kindness
- Carnations – for admiration
- Peonies – for romantic love
- Daisies – for lasting happiness
- Lilacs – for youthful love and joy
The survey also revealed some interesting statistics about romance and flowers. For instance, the 95% of women who want to receive flowers as a romantic gift are not alone – nearly a third of men surveyed (32%) also yearn to be surprised with a bunch.
This percentage is even higher for millennial men: a huge 42% of men under 30 indicated that they’d like flowers as a gift, along with 39% of men aged 30-40, 34% of those aged 40-50, and just 30% of those aged 50+.
And, in what’s sure to be great news for green-thumbed singles, the survey also showed that Canadians have a soft spot for grow-your-own blooms – 69% of people think that the most romantic bunch of flowers is one that is homegrown, while just 31% prefer an expensive bunch from the florist.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Canadian gardeners have seen their hobby deemed attractive: an earlier EliteSingles study of 47,000 Canadian singles saw gardening ranked as the 6th hottest hobby a man can have – for women, it ranked at #9.