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Each rose represents a molecule of my heart that is yours.

Kirk: Shall we pick some flowers, Doctor? When a man visits an old girlfriend she usually expects something like that.
McCoy: Is that how you get girls to like you, by bribing them?
Star Trek: The Original Series, "The Man Trap"

For centuries, flowers have been one of the main components of romance, relationships, and sometimes even sex.

Flowers are used, primarily, within these four contexts:

  • The context of courting and inviting, when one character gives to another a single flower or a bunch of flowers (normally in a bouquet), for example. Flowers may also appear in special celebrations, like the one year anniversary of a relationship or, especially, on Valentine's day;
  • The context of mending issues with their relationship, with the character who gives usually asking for forgiveness or a pardon. There's also the possibility of flowers being given to symbolize a breakup;
  • The context of dancing. Usually, it's the male who seduces the female with a flower, by running the flower across her body and/or lips. Alternatively, grabbing a flower with his teeth and mouth is also popular imagery;
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  • The context of sex. Usually, there are petals on a bed, for example, although sometimes the flowers in their entirety may appear. In this case, put only the examples that have the flower/flowers in its/their entirety or very noteworthy scenes with lots of petals.

For bonus points, if there is a heavy presence of Flower Motifs, write down its symbolic/intentional significance, if possible.

They're sometimes seen as either part of or on its own as a Grand Romantic Gesture. It is also often paired with Chocolate of Romance.

Both are quite popular in both Western and Eastern Media. While the former tends to focus more on red roses, the latter tends to put more focus on other kinds of flowers. In Anime and Manga-related stuff, expect to see Cherry Blossoms and lilies at some point.

Among the most common flowers present in these scenarios, we have roses. Therefore, compare Something About a Rose. Also, do notice that this trope differs from Something About a Rose due to the fact that the latter has plenty (the majority, in fact) of non-romantic examples, as well as examples solely related to individual characters. Also, this trope can (and should) include more examples than roses, if possible.


Sometimes the recipient may react badly to being given such a gift, saying that Picked Flowers Are Dead.

Often overlaps with Chocolate of Romance or Garden of Love. Compare/contrast The Tragic Rose and Love Bubbles (aka Love Flowers). See also Queer Flowers for when LGBT characters hint at their romantic feelings through this trope.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In After War Gundam X, one of the earliest signs that Garrod is beginning to fall in love with Tiffa is that, when she's in the sickbay and he's under punishment in a cell, he sneaks out... but only to get her some flowers. Then he returns to the cell without any complains.
  • Subverted in Full Metal Panic! when Sousuke gives Kaname a bouquet of of poppies as an apology for forgetting a study date. She's quite happy with them right up until he starts explaining how to harvest opium from them.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi, Soi and Nakago are having sex, and flowers are shown in front of them. Ironically, although Soi loves Nakago, it's debatable how he feels about her, and they're sleeping together because Soi has sexual healing powers.
  • In Hetalia: Axis Powers, Germany gives flowers (and a ring) to Italy in the "San Valentino" comic.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War:
    • An early chapter used this as part of a psychological test the Student Council took, where the number of flowers you wanted to take from a field revealed how big your crush was.
    • Back in middle school, Miko received an anonymous letter of encouragement from one of her classmates that had a flower enclosed. It's unknown if the sender meant for it to be romantic, but she clearly views it as such (she had it laminated and keeps it as a good luck charm). It's heavily implied and later confirmed that it was sent by Ishigami.
    • Given that his mother works as a florist, Ishigami's default idea for a romantic gesture involves offering flowers that have some sort of obtuse meaning behind them (such as their species names forming a backronym for a message). Kaguya has to keep convincing him that such things would come across as creepy rather than romantic.
  • In the ending credits of the final episode of Kill la Kill, Gamagoori is seen holding a bouquet of roses almost certainly intended for Mako.
  • In Naruto, Asuma goes to Ino's family's flower shop to buy some flowers. Ino immediately guesses that they're for his girlfriend, Kurenai.
  • In episode 13 of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Saikawa offers Kanna a Shepherd's Purse after finding out that it means "I give you my all" in the language of flowers. The flower itself becomes a recurring motif for the remainder of the episode.
  • Considering the constant and fundamental presence of flowers in Revolutionary Girl Utena, it's quite amazing that the truly romantic moment involving roses only happened in the 1999 movie that featured the The Big Damn Kiss between Utena and Anthy. Although one could say that they also play a relatively important part in the series, just more subtly.
  • In a Rurouni Kenshin filler anime episode, after Kaoru gets comically depressed over an Accidental Marriage deal with Kenshin falling through, Kenshin makes it up to her by bringing her flowers.
  • In Slayers NEXT, when the guys in Lina's group have to disguise themselves as girls to get into a Lady Land and look for a MacGuffin, many girls are quite taken with them... and an Action Girl who is a Captain Ersatz of Oscar François de Jerjays offers the crossdressing Gourry, who looks quite good as a sort of Huge Schoolgirl parody of Minako Aino, a huge roses bouquet.
  • In Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream episode 19, a rose is the item Yumecantchi summons for Yumemitchi and Kiraritchi to use to help get Righttchi's opponent Robosukitchi to a tea-serving robot competition they're facing off in. That rose ends up being given as a gift to a woman Robosukitchi really admires before both are brought to the site of the competition.
  • As seen above, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL has Kotori getting these from Alit.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 2 episode 39, Doctor H. imagines he is giving flowers to Miss Peach, both for her efforts as a superhero and because he's in love with her.
  • In one episode of Lamput, Lamput morphs into a flower while he is held by Slim Doc, who is standing right next to a pretty woman. The woman thinks Slim Doc is offering the flower out of an affection for her and accepts the gift.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Sparky sometimes tries to win over his crush Tibbie by giving her flowers.

    Fan Works 
  • In the fanfic A Not Quite Smooth Wooing, Fíli gives his human love interest flowers, after asking one of Bard's daughters about human customs note .
  • Child of the Storm has Harry give Carol a viscaria when he asks her if she'd like to go to the Yule Ball with him. note  Unsurprisingly, considering his dorky nature, it's somewhat squashed from his stint in his pocket, but it is nevertheless well received.
  • In Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità, Italy gives Japan—whose human name means "chrysanthemum"—a bouquet of crimson chrysanthemums. Japan subsequently exploded.
  • In Not So Glamorous Life, Stormer gives Kimber a flower as a "sign of friendship", or so she says. Of note it's a violet, a flower long associated with queer women.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton: Danny Fenton always starts his dates by giving the girls a bouquet.
  • In the second chapter of Kanto Calling, Brock recommends that Ash give Misty roses on their unofficial date.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Jaune brings Yang flowers on their first date. Yang is extremely flustered, not least because she only asked him out by accident.
    Yang: I love the flowers!
    Jaune: Really? I could always get you some more.
    Yang: [giggles, slightly panicked]
    Ruby: [sighs] Maybe you should hold off for a bit. Who even buys someone flowers that often?
    Jaune: My dad?
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager Torres/Seven Slash Fic The Flux of Mortal Things, a drunken Harry Kim insults Seven of Nine and gets headbutted in the face by B'Elanna Torres. The next day Seven turns up to visit them in the brig, hands a pink rose to B'Elanna and leaves without saying a word.

    Films — Animation 
  • At the end of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Peter Parker of Earth-616 decides to try to reconcile with his ex-wife Mary Jane. He is seen going to her house and ringing the doorbell, bouquet of flowers in hand.
  • In Tarzan, the titular character goes through a slideshow and sees an image of a man giving flowers to a woman. He puts together that this is how the English propose to each other, so he goes about the jungle collecting flowers to make a bouquet for Jane. He accidentally bumps into her in the process, bursting the bouquet apart and leaving him with only two flowers, which makes his request for Jane to stay even sadder.
  • In The Prince of Egypt, during the "Through Heaven's Eyes" montage, Moses ties some beautiful flowers to Tzipporah's shepherds staff while she's not looking, which she greatly appreciates. Unsurprisingly, they're married before the end of the song.
  • Aladdin gives Jasmine a flower while riding the magic carpet and in the sequel, he gives her a glass flower.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Big Fish, Edward Bloom makes a Grand Romantic Gesture to secure the girl of his dreams by (amongst another things he does, such as leaving a smoke trail representing a heart and with "I love Sandra" with the help of a sky-writer) planting an almost endless sea of yellow daffodils (which are her favourite flowers) outside her window and telling her they're destined to be married. She's already engaged, but calls if off when her fiancé beats the crap out of Edward right there. Later, they get married.
  • In Midnight, after meeting Eve, Picot sends her a bouquet of hosannas. Georges is there when she receives them and hilariously says:
    Georges: [reading the accompanying card] "Hosannas to the high gods for bringing us together". Mmm... I rather resent that. To my wife he only said, "So glad to have met".
  • Hands Across the Table: Allen sends Regi daffodils, and yet, she still doesn't realize he's in love with her.
  • In Pretty Woman, Edward arrives at Vivian's apartment building in a limo and then climbs the fire escape (despite his fear of heights) with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth, in order to persuade her to stay with him because she wants to, not because she's paid to do so.
  • In Imagine Me & You, Heck (aka Hector) goes to pick up flowers for his bride Rachel, as a way of apologizing for not being present all the time for her. All this happened just after Rachel and Luce kissed in the flower shop.
  • Evoked in The Room. Johnny buys flowers for Lisa (roses, to be precise), since they're engaged. Said flowers are also present in their sex and make-out scenes.
  • In Bruce Almighty, after testing out his new, near-infinite Godly Powers, Bruce uses them to create a new breed of flowers, in order to make up with his girlfriend after an argument. Heavenly Coitus Ensues.
  • In Jane Wants a Boyfriend, Jack brings flowers to his first date with Jane.
  • The Silence of Adultery: After their first kiss, Rachel tries to avoid Michael, leading him to send flowers to her office.


  • A subversion in The Nanny Diaries, in which Mrs. X's husband sends his wife a crapton of roses as an indifferent apology to never being around. The smell ends up permeating the entire apartment.
  • Discworld
    • Moving Pictures: The troll lounge singer Ruby tells Detritus that he needs to modernize his ways if he wants to have a chance with her (troll seduction traditionally consisting of beating the girl unconscious), such as by offering her flowers (something she's learned from humans, though she doesn't know what the humans do with them). Unfortunately, trolls only have one word for vegetation in general, which is why Detritus presents her with a bouquet consisting of a single uprooted tree.
    • In Reaper Man, this is one of three things Death thinks he needs to ask Miss Flitlow out (the others being a diamond and chocolates). Being who he is, he initially wants lilies, but after being persuaded that they're a bit sombre, he decides on orchids and roses. Lots of them. Again, being who he is, they're dead stems by the time he gets there.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who has a few instances:
    • In "Delta and The Bannermen", Billy became attracted to Delta when she arrived at the camp. Later, he dedicated a song to her and turned up to her dorm with flowers.
    • In "The Keeper of Traken", Kassia became gradually infatuated when she was a child to the Melkur (giving flowers to the humanoid). However, the Melkur turned out to be The Master, who manipulated her into killing and manipulating others in order to achieve the Keepership.
    • Subverted in a heartbreaking way in "The Evil of the Daleks", with Victoria Waterfield, whom Jamie McCrimmon was deeply attracted to, giving a flower, not to him, but to Kemel, who later shows it to Jamie.
  • The trope appears a few times in Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • In the episode "Haven", Deanna Troi wants to fulfill her arranged marriage promise to Wyatt Miller. He had given her a chameleon rose as a gift. It was blue when Miller held it and turned red, then white when Troi held it. It later turns purple while still in Troi's hands (which becomes Fridge Brilliance when you take into account that the marriage is called off when Wyatt found his fantasy lover, Ariana, aboard a Tarellian ship).
    • "In Theory" had Lieutenant Commander Data presenting a bunch of crystilia to Lieutenant Jenna D'Sora, when the two were "dating". Data's choice came from Commander William Riker's recommendation, since crystilia had "worked for him before".
    • In "Ménage à Troi", DaiMon Tog presents a bouquet of pericules (aka zan periculi) to Lwaxana Troi while attempting to court her. Lwaxana tosses them in a nearby lake.
  • In the The Adventures of Superman episode "The Wedding of Superman", Lois Lane awakes after dozing off to a delivery of flowers from Superman, and events quickly lead up to a marriage proposal from the Man of Steel.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Subverted in an episode in which Giles comes home and finds a trail of rose petals leading up the stairs to his bedroom ... where his girlfriend is lying dead, having been killed by Angelus.
    • Subverted in "Once More With Feeling", when Tara finds a posy placed under her pillow by Willow, which she assumes is a romantic gesture. She later looks up the flower and finds it's used in spells of forgetting and mind control; she breaks up with Willow over this and other violations of their trust.
    • In Season 3, Buffy is dating Scott Hope, who seeing another couple have exchanged flowers, asks if they're at that stage in their relationship. Buffy assures him they're pre-posy.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In the episode "The Wolf And The Lion": Sansa Stark believes the red rose Ser Loras Tyrell offers to her at the Tourney of the Hand is a token of his affection. If only she had noticed that the Knight of Flowers was in fact googly-eyed over Lord Renly Baratheon sitting behind her...
    • In "Two Swords", handsome sellsword Daario Naharis offers Queen Daenerys Targaryen several different flowers under the pretext of teaching her about the local area. She responds with amused aloofness.
      Daario: (flourishes flower) A Dusk Rose.
      Daenerys ... Would you like to walk at the back of the train instead of riding?
      Daario: And this one's called Lady's Lace.
      Daenerys: Would you like to walk without shoes?
    • Rhaegar Targaryen showed his attraction to Lyanna Stark by giving her a crown of blue winter roses at the Tourney of Harrenhal. This was quite scandalous at the time since Lyanna was betrothed to Robert Baratheon and Rhaegar was married to Princess Elia Martell, not to mention the fact that he had two children, Rhaenys and Aegon.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. In "Elogium", Neelix brings his girlfriend Kes flowers, but when she starts eating them he drags her off to Sickbay. Turns out she's... not pregnant, but "on heat" for want of a better phrase.
  • El corazón nunca se equivoca: One of Ari's birthday surprises for his boyfriend, Temo, is a lovely sunflower.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Penny is saddened when others tell her she's not very romantic and that she takes Leonard's romantic gestures for granted. She tries to be super romantic and buys rose petals to put in their bedroom. She says they're the most romantic flowers of all, and surprisingly also the most expensive.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Ted fills Robin's living room with roses and brings her tons of chocolate as part of his Grand Romantic Gesture. The main part is hiring musicians with blue instruments to play for her.
    • Part of Ted's Falling-in-Love Montage he gets with several girls-of-the-week is him spontaneously buying a single flower for her while they're walking in the streets.
    • Ted gives Stella flowers at the end of their two-minute date, which she politely refuses because she's allergic. She's charmed though.
    • When Ted proposes to Victoria, he decorates the flat they lived in with a huge amount of gorgeous red roses.
  • Gilmore Girls: Lorelai says that a proposal should be big and epic and have "a thousand yellow daisies". Her soon-to-be-fiance fills her workplace with countless yellow daisies.
  • House, "Love Hurts": Dr. Alison Cameron persuades her boss, Doctor Jerk House, to go out with her. Before the date, he takes a corsage out of the fridge, saying that it's lame. His friend Wilson retorts: Cameron likes "lame". She loves the corsage but then she realizes House is trying really hard and she wants him to be honest. So he tells her she only wants to date him because she likes damaged men who need to be fixed.
  • The Punisher (2017). Micro panics when the cameras he's hidden in his wife's house go dead, so Frank Castle goes to investigate (Micro can't go as he's faked his death to protect his family). As an excuse for visiting, Frank brings flowers as an Apology Gift for not turning up for dinner like he promised. Unsurprisingly she mistakes this for a romantic overture and makes a pass at him.
    Micro: Why did you have to bring her flowers?

  • The song "Flowers of Romance", by Public Image Ltd., is the indirect Trope Namer. (The title refers to a punk band that had connections to the Sex Pistols.) The song deals with an imminent breakup:
    Behind the dialogue
    We're in a mess
    Whatever I intended
    I sent you flowers
    You wanted chocolates instead
    The flowers of romance
    The flowers of romance.
  • The Russian song "Million Scarlet Roses" is about an artist who fell in love with an actress who loved flowers. So he sold his house and his paintings and bought millions of scarlet roses, turning the square in front of her window into a sea of flowers.
  • Snarkily subverted in the Pretenders' "Baby's Breath":
    Why do you send me roses?
    Save them for someone's death
    The love you have to offer
    Is only baby's breath
  • Alvaro Scaramelli's song "Un ramo de flores" ("A bouquet of flowers") is about a man who ponders which flowers he can gather in a bouquet that he wants to give to his girlfriend for her birthday.

  • This is the theme of Zaccaria's Farfalla: the playfield full of flowers serves as the backdrop to the various symbols of love, such as the lovestruck couple on the bridge, the swans on the lake, and the LOVE Spelling Bonus.

  • Westeros: An American Musical: Sandor, who is shown to be romantically interested in Sansa in the early part of the play, shows up during a much later scene involving Sansa holding a bouquet of flowers. He's also holding a plush toy representing an animal that is associated with Sansa's family in the story the play is parodying.

    Video Games 
  • The pressed flowers quest in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate has Henry and Evie learning floriography by collecting flowers. Henry then uses a bouquet of flowers to propose to Evie, with each one having a special meaning.
  • In Girl's Garden, the player controls Papri, whose objective in each level is to gather a bouquet of ten flowers to win over her boyfriend.
  • Sengoku Basara: Keiji's attempts at romancing Magoichi usually involve him giving her a flower. In the third game she dismisses the gesture, but by the fourth game it indicates he's serious about her.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Parodied in Fire Emblem Awakening with Henry's and Tharja's S Support, where Henry gets flowers for Tharja when he's about to ask her out... but transforms them in sticks because, since both are nightmare fetishists, he thinks she'll prefer them. Tharja's not exactly happy, but at least she doesn't curse him for it.
      • Played straight in the S Support between a male Avatar and Lucina, with the Avatar picking flowers for her before confessing his love.
      • A male Morgan has two potentially romantic supports that involve flowers in Lucina and Nah, with the latter support chain revolving around Morgan risking life and limb to help Nah find a rare flower that she needs for a ritual involving Naga.
    • In Fire Emblem Fates, the romantic supports between a male Avatar and the Little Sister Heroine Elise involve flowers. The S-level one has him giving her a bouquet after some Suspiciously Specific Denials.
      • Similarly, Elise's supports with Warrior Prince Ryoma in the Golden Path involve her teaching him to make flower crowns. They can potentially marry too.
      • The Avatar's friend Silas also invokes the trope in his S-Support with Nyx, whom he gives a bouquet of flowers before proposing to her.
      • A married Avatar of either gender will sometimes get flowers as a gift from their spouse.
      • Dwyer and Nina's S support has her catching him with a bouquet of flowers. She asks him who is he gonna give them to, speculating on who's the lucky girl - and it turns out they're for her. She's quite surprised.
  • In the Valkyria Chronicles series:
    • In [[Valkyria Chronicles the first game]], Welkin proposes to Alicia by giving her a flower that he ties into a ring.
    • In Valkyria Chronicles III, Riela makes Kurt a flower circlet during the Festival of Spirits as a display of affection. He responds by placing the circlet on her head.
      Kurt: A beautiful present should be placed in a beautiful place, right?
  • One Argent Tournament quest in World of Warcraft involves picking a bouquet of Winter Hyacinth flowers and bringing them to the Maiden of the Drak'mar Lake. Clearly a lonely spirit, she gives you the quest item simply for coming to see her with the gift.
  • In Bully, Jimmy can offer either a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates to a female student (or certain male students) to make out with them and get bonus health.
  • Flowers are a recurring collectable in The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince, with the Princess being able pick them and then gift them to the Prince. And when the Princess turns back into the Wolf and loses all her memories of the game as payment to heal the Prince's eyes, the Prince is able to bond with her again by offering her a bouquet of flowers.

    Web Comics 

    Web Videos 
  • Manic Pixie Dream Wife: An old lady berates Chance because his wife Simone picked up all of her daisies, telling her she was trading her for the possibility of adventure. But her granddaughter planted those daisies, damn it! It's implied Simone wanted to use the flowers in her usual quirky adventures. It's revealed in a later epsisode that Simone gave those flowers to an old acquaintance of the old lady, possibly an ex love interest, and hoped they would rekindle their relationship. The old man extends his arm and hands her the daisies, but the old lady only accuses him of stealing from her and starts beating him with her handbag. Simone watches them from a distance and shrugs her shoulders.
  • The Cry of Mann: Courtney states that her boyfriend before meeting Tank Mann was a sweet young man who brought her a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • Dad:
    • Implied in "Mom's Flowers", where the presence of lilies brings back old memories, before the flowers get changed to the chunk of wood neighbor chopped much earlier in the story.
    • In his Imagine Spot when seeing Diane, Dad imagines giving her a bouquet of flowers, which she enthusiastically takes to smell.

    Western Animation 
  • Around the World with Willy Fog: Mr Fog and Princess Romy exchange flowers, spontaneously picked up during their outing in a park in Singapore. Mr Fog wears the flower on the lapel of his suit jacket. Definite Ship Tease.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender: One episode has Sokka expecting a visit from Suki in his tent with a rose in his teeth. The morning after, Sokka is holding a lei Suki had been working on the previous day. He got lei'd, she got deflowered.
    • In one episode of The Legend of Korra, Bolin and Korra spend a night out together, and later Bolin decides to buy her some flowers. However, he goes to give them to her at the exact time that she's kissing Mako, his older brother. Bolin doesn't take it well and starts crying. He runs away and gets drunk on milk.
  • Futurama:
    • "Parasites Lost": New-and-improved Fry spontaneously buys flowers for Leela whom he has loved almost since the moment they met.
    • "The Cyber House Rules": On their date, Adlai orders a bouquet for Leela from a bouquet-vending tree. He wants "average", which is a simple bouquet of yellow flowers. The couple before them got something much more splendid.
  • Played for laughs and subverted in the scene here from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero; after rescuing Scarlet, Duke says he wanted to bring her flowers, but the "gift" he does bring (her weapon) is far more useful.
  • In a Valentine's Day episode of The Simpsons. Homer ends up getting stuck under a plane that flies through a rose plantation, winding up absolutely covered in roses. The plane then flies over the Simpson house and Homer gets stuck on the clothesline, and winds up spinning around and depositing the roses at Marge's feet. Homer then lands in front of Marge on one knee with a rose held in his mouth. Marge finds the whole thing romantic; Homer thinks he has a collapsed lung.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: In "Cupid's Errant Arrow", Brad Boimler brings a bouquet of red flowers to the Vancouver as a gift for his girlfriend Barbara Brinson.


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Lamput morphs into a flower while he is held by Slim Doc, who is standing right next to a pretty woman. The woman thinks Slim Doc is offering the flower out of an affection for her and accepts the gift.

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