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Rose Symbolism: What Do the Different Rose Colors Mean?


Rose Symbolism: What Do the Different Rose Colors Mean?

When it comes to roses, it is important to know the rose symbolism behind each color and when to gift them. Follow this guide and never make a rose mistake!

There are over 100 different species of roses.

Rose symbolism dates back for centuries and is still recognized around the world today. The difference between expressing love and friendship all comes down to the color of the flower. If you don’t know what the colors mean, you could really embarrass yourself.

Imagine accidentally telling a grieving widow that you’re in love with her. Or even worse telling someone you are in love with that you just want a friendship. We’ve created this article to help you understand the history and meaning of different roses.

Read on to find out what color will work perfectly for your next gift!

History of Rose Symbolism

Roses have been around for over 35 million years, but the language of flowers and rose symbolism began a few hundred years ago. During the Victorian era, suitors had to obey strict rules when courting (dating).

If a man was interested in a woman, he wasn’t able to simply ask her out on a date. Instead, he would bring her a small bouquet of flowers. Flowers were the only way to flirt and express romantic feelings.

Of course, a lot has changed over the centuries and flirting is no longer taboo. However, sending a particular rose color still remains a powerful way to deliver your message.

Red Roses

Red roses are the ultimate expression of passion, commitment, and romance. Red roses are the most popular color and usually, the first one people gravitate towards buying.

However, if you’re getting the roses for a friend or co-worker, you might want to re-think your color choice. Red roses are the universal symbol of love. When someone receives a red rose they know the sender has deep affections for them.

The red color also expresses the feeling of missing someone you love. Different shades of red carry their own variation of the love message.
Bright red roses proclaim your love for your partner while burgundy roses hint at love.

If you are about to propose, consider sending a bouquet of burgundy roses. Burgundy colored red roses suggest that someone loves you, but they haven’t told you yet. They make the perfect gift and convey the message that you’ll be revealing a romantic surprise.

Pink Roses

Light pink roses are the second most popular color choice to express love. Pink roses express a friendly love, rather than a romantic one. Usually, when given these flowers send a message of appreciation or caring.

Pink roses let someone in your life know they are important to you. Dark pink roses, in particular, are used to show appreciation. For example, if you were giving a rose to your friend, a pink one would be appropriate.

You would be saying “I appreciate you, I’m glad you’re in my life”. While a light pink rose has a more versatile message. In general, you can think of light pink roses as being delicate and soft messengers.

Use light pink roses for a casual thank you or as a gift to a grieving friend.

White Roses

Less common but just as powerful, white roses are a special gift to receive. The color white represents purity and innocence. These roses are only for ceremonial occasions like christenings, graduations, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and quinceaneras.

In certain cases, a white rose can be used to show respect or quiet admiration. If someone who was close to you passed away, you might opt for an untraditional white rose.

Your white rose will stand out and provide comfort. It’s a way of letting a grieving person know “You are on my heart and I’m thinking about you”.

Yellow Roses

Be careful who you give a yellow rose to, you never want to send a yellow rose to someone you are romantically interested in. The color yellow symbolizes a friendship, specifically non-romantic friendship.

If you send a yellow rose to a love interest, you’ll be telling them you only want to be friends. Feel free to send yellow roses to co-workers and actual friends. They’re a wonderful way to let them know you care without causing any confusion.

Orange Roses

Orange roses are the perfect combination of yellow roses and red roses. As you’ll recall red means romance and yellow means friendship. However, orange roses could symbolize the start of a brand new romance. The orange color will express a feeling of excitement and joy over your new relationship.

You won’t put any pressure on a new romance with orange. New relationships can be tricky and you have to be careful not to come off too strong. Orange roses are the perfect way to say you are passionate about the relationship without moving to fast.

Purple Roses

You probably rarely ever have received or given a purple rose. The color purple isn’t as commonly used as the other rose colors. However, that doesn’t mean the purple rose doesn’t have a lot to say!

The color purple conveys a sense of royalty. When you give someone a purple rose you are saying, “I look up to you”. Oftentimes they were given as gifts to kings and queens.

If you are attending a birthday party for your parents, or a special occasion, give them a deep purple rose. It’s the easiest way to make the person receiving them feel cherished on their special day.

Be careful though, light lavender roses mean a completely different thing. A light lavender rose says “I loved you the first time I laid eyes on you”.

Give a Rose

Now you know more about the different colors used in rose symbolism.

We are excited to help you find the perfect flower for any occasion. Our premium roses are grown in rich soil at high altitudes. We have a full collection of roses; including garden roses, long-stemmed roses, spray roses, and specialty roses.

We have 8 different categories of flower gifts ranging from love flowers to birthday flowers and more. You can also create a customized design that’s tailored to match your desire.

Loveliest Gift Designs offers complimentary flower delivery throughout Miami. Contact us today to place your order or visit our blog for more fun, flower articles.

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