Types of Flowers to Order for a Man's Funeral

Updated February 21, 2017

Flowers at a funeral are a tribute to the memory of a man who is a friend or family member. You can order many types of fresh or silk flowers in masculine, seasonal or patriotic colours.


Choose flowers and greenery with significant meanings such as the calendula (grief), red carnation (my heart aches for you), cyclamen (goodbye), astilbe (I'll wait for you) and cedar boughs (strength). There may be flowers that you know was special to the man, such as orchids, peonies or lilacs, and it might mean a lot to order them in his memory.


Men generally prefer dark flowers in hues of red, rust, bronze, orange, blue and purple. Delphinium, carnations, roses, chrysanthemum poms and iris are a few flowers that come in these colours.

Fall Flowers

Fall brings orange carnations; yellow lilies or roses; bronze, brown and rust-coloured chrysanthemums; and straw flowers. These fall-coloured flowers blend well with dried grasses and cattails in a funeral arrangement or casket spray.

Spring and Summer Options

Gladiolas (remembrance) go well in many funeral arrangements as solitary stems or added with a mixture of irises, tulips, daffodils, daisies, carnations and alstromeria. Lilies, calla lilies, stock and snapdragons are substantial stalks of multi-blossoms that are excellent for bouquets.

Winter Choices

Red carnations or dark crimson red roses (mourning), mixed with evergreen boughs are appropriate for a funeral arrangement for a man during the winter months. Berry stems can be added to arrangements in containers, while daisies, chrysanthemums, gladiolas and statice can be added to carnations and roses in a casket spray or blanket.

Military Funeral

The main sprays, pillows, container arrangements and casket pieces at a military funeral should be in patriotic colours. Cedar sprigs or boughs are generally put into military floral arrangements.

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About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.