6 Rose Color Meanings

The experts at proflowers.com know when it's appropriate to send red roses over white. But we guessed who might really like to get a bouquet of each bloom.

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Red: Love and Romance

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One of the most universal of all symbols, the red rose represents true love. It has also appeared throughout history and across cultures as both a political and religious symbol. Perfect for: Freaking out your first date; covering beer stains; wooing a hunky bishop.

Yellow: Friendship, Joy, Get Well

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Throughout history, yellow has been closely associated with the sun, making these roses excellent for cheering people up. Yellow roses send a message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. The color represents feelings of joy and delight. Perfect for: Tormenting your ex; worshiping Sekhmet or your solar deity of choice; picnics in the 1930s.

Lavender: Enchantment, Majesty, Love at First Sight

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The color purple has a traditional association with royalty. In this regard, shades of lavender roses suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor. Perfect for: Encouraging crazy bosses; patronizing The Queen; dinner with Kanye.

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Pink: Love, Gratitude, Appreciation

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Pink carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance. Dark pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation, and are a traditional way to say thanks. Light pink roses are associated with gentleness and admiration, and can also be used as an expression of sympathy. Perfect for: Sick secretaries; the platinum blonde in your life; this well-mannered horse.

White: Purity, Innocence, Sympathy, Spirituality

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Early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love. White roses are also associated with honor and reverence, which makes them a fitting memorial for a departed loved one. Perfect for: Your wife (first day of marriage); that weird neighborhood kid who always wears a cummerbund; your wife (last day of marriage.)

Orange: Desire, Enthusiasm and Passion

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A literal mixture of yellow and red, orange roses were seen as a bridge between friendship symbolized by yellow roses and love represented by red roses. They can be an expression of fascination, or a gift to say 'I'm proud of you.' Perfect for: Halloween honeymoons; minor academic achievements (first A-, graduation from butcher academy, etc.); subtly hitting on married people.

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34 thoughts on “6 Rose Color Meanings

  1. I had decorated my girlfriends bed when she was a sleep at night with 54(the number depends from imagination) red roses and put one white rose on the pillow next to her with a note which said “You are One from a million”.what can I say in conclusion?HUGE in relationship and when I asked for her hand she said yes.guys try this and see how your beloved woman will be happy.

  2. Well, you must not forget that in a relationship, yellow roses can also express,betrayal, infidelity or break; even a sort of beg to be forgiven. Beware misunderstandings!

  3. I LOVE white and yellow roses! Don’t care what they stand for. Red is my least favorite.

  4. It’s incarnadine (blood red) roses for me. Next to that color are the pale pink ones.

  5. Just got some yellow roses from my bf bc I cut his toe nails last night. ….awwwww

  6. Perfect for: Freaking out your first date; covering beer stains; wooing a hunky bishop.
    Who was it that thought up these stupid “perfect for” sayings? Dumb, dumb, dumb!

  7. wow my bf gave me red roses with a few of other flowers in white and purple…i believe his love for me is purely gold :)..

  8. wow my bf gave me red roses with a few of other flowers in white and purple…i believe his love for me is purely gold :)..

  9. yeah its red rose represents true love….love it.. everyone deserves true love on valentine’s day and everyday throughout the years…

  10. The pictured flower is a ranunculus, not a rose. Note the foliage.

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