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The Meaning of Roses

Giving roses on special occasions like birthdays and Valentine's Day is a very popular tradition, but you can make your gift more meaningful if you choose a color that conveys a specific message.

Each rose color has a different meaning, usually more than one. If you want to be sure that your loved one receives the message you intended, include it on the accompanying card.




Here are the traditionally accepted meanings for each of the primary rose colors:
  • Red Roses
    Red roses convey a simple message: "I love you". This makes them the ultimate symbol of romantic love and the most popular choice on Valentine's Day. Other meanings for red roses include desire, passion, courage, respect, beauty and sincerity. A red rosebud symbolizes purity and loveliness.

  • Coral Roses
    Coral roses speak of desire and passion.

  • Lilac or Lavender Roses
    Lilac roses reveal love at first sight or enchantment.

  • Orange Roses
    Orange roses communicate desire, enthusiasm and fascination. They make an excellent choice for a new relationship that you wish to pursue further.

  • Peach Roses
    Peach roses express gratitude, appreciation, admiration or sympathy. They can also convey sociability and friendship and send the message "Let's get together ". A pale peach rose symbolizes modesty.

  • Pink Roses
    In general, pink roses symbolize grace, gentility and happiness and express appreciation and gratitude.

  • Pale Pink Roses
    Pale pink roses connote grace, joy, gentility and gratitude.

  • Light Pink Roses
    Light pink roses suggest happiness and fun. Like all pink roses, they also convey admiration and appreciation.

  • Deep Pink Roses
    Deep pink roses say "Thank you". They also express appreciation, admiration, sincerity and sympathy.

  • White Roses
    Second only to red roses in popularity, white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also represent silence, secrecy, reverence, humility, youthfulness and charm. You can use them to say, "You're heavenly", "I miss you" and "I'm worthy of you". A white rosebud symbolizes girlhood.

    Yellow Roses
    Yellow roses symbolize friendship and freedom, so are not specifically romantic roses. They convey congratulations, joy, gladness and delight. But they also promise a new beginning, say "Welcome back" and "Remember me", and can convey jealousy and caring. Yellow roses with red tips symbolize friendship and falling in love.

    Dead Roses
    Dead roses in any color convey "It's over!"
Combining Rose Colors

New meanings arise when you combine two rose colors:
  • Red Roses and Yellow Roses
    Expresses happiness and celebration

  • Red And White Roses
    Symbolizes unity or an engagement

  • White And Yellow Roses
    Symbolizes harmony
Additional Rose Symbolism

A bouquet of blooming roses in any color conveys gratitude and symbolizes beauty and perfection
  • A Single Red Rose
    "I love you"

  • A Single Rose Any Color
    "Thank you"

  • Two Roses Entwined
    ”Marry me”

  • A Thornless Rose
    "It was love at first sight"

  • Tea Roses
    "I'll always remember you"

  • A Rosebud In Any Color
    Symbolizes youth and beauty

So no matter what your situation, there is a rose color or combination that will express what you want to say. Valentine's Day, or a birthday, is the perfect occasion to declare your intentions, remind someone how much you care, or express your appreciation of a friendship.

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