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Flowers for Men

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

I would like to give a male friend of mine flowers for his birthday. But, is it appropriate to give a man flowers? If so, are any flowers fine, or are certain types best for men?


Flowers Fine?

Dear Flowers Fine,

Yes, it would be fine to give your male friend flowers. If he has a favorite flower then get him a bunch in his favorite color or include his favorite flower in a floral arrangement. Live flowering plants would also make a nice gift.

The Society of American Florists at say, "Men love flowers!" and "over 60% of men surveyed said that they would like to receive flowers on Valentines Day." (

According to the Society, men prefer vivid colors such as red, orange, and yellow. They also suggest keeping the flower arrangements contemporary or linear.

The folks at list these flowers that appeal to men: protea, leucadendron, bird of paradise, Oriental lilies, alstroemeria orchids, iris, gerbera, gladiolus and liatris.

Whatever you decide, your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.

For more information about flowers, go to or