Bachelor's button, also known as cornflower, represents hope and devotion to the recipient.
Bachelor's button, also known as cornflower, represents hope and devotion to the recipient.

In the language of flowers, certain flowers convey an unspoken apology from the presenter to the recipient. Known as "apology flowers," these blooms request forgiveness, sometimes for a specific wrong, committed against the recipient, as well as send a message of regret. Consider giving some of these flowers the next time you want to sincerely say "I'm sorry" to a friend or loved one and ask forgiveness.

Roses

A mix of red and white flowers says I am sorry.
A mix of red and white flowers says I am sorry.

Nothing says "I love you" like roses, but if you've offended someone, a mixed bouquet of white and red roses is a way to say "I'm sorry" and ask for forgiveness. Red roses represent affection and fidelity, and white roses chastity, truth and silence. This virtually universal symbolism makes giving red and white roses an ideal gift for an apology for transgressions like an affair or betrayal of confidence among friends, lovers and family members.

Carnations

Pink carnations are good for an apology.
Pink carnations are good for an apology.

If you're trying to make amends for missed dates or meetings, pink carnations convey the message that you'll never forget the recipient again. In the language of flowers, carnations typically carry the meaning of devoted love and fascination, but pink blooms are particularly appropriate when you want to apologize to someone as they mean "I'll never forget you again." Pair them with white carnations, which symbolize constant remembrance, to offer an apology for a forgotten engagement.

Hyacinth

Hyacinths ask forgiveness.
Hyacinths ask forgiveness.

When you want to sincerely apologize to someone, give a bouquet of hyacinth to ask for forgiveness. Hyacinth is a bell-shaped, fragrant flower whose symbolism makes it an appropriate addition to a bouquet of "apology flowers." Aqua-blue varieties of hyacinth blossoms mean sincerity in the language of flowers, while violet blooms represent the asking of forgiveness from the recipient.

Tulip

White tulips represent forgiveness in many cultures.
White tulips represent forgiveness in many cultures.

When you're saying "I'm sorry," give white tulips, as these cream-colored blossoms are representative of forgiveness. Tulip Time notes that white tulips represent the act of forgiveness in several cultures, and as a sign of spring represent rebirth and hope for the future. Create a bouquet of white tulips mixed with pink varieties, which convey a sense of deep caring in the language of flowers, to ask for the sincere and complete forgiveness of a loved one.