What do the color of roses mean?

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While every flower has a wonderful story to tell, the rose stands alone in its abundant history and color meaning. So much so that we couldn’t resist giving it a little preferential treatment and dedicating a separate space to its rich symbolism. Used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words, roses have long been a symbol of confidentiality – the Latin expression sub rosa (literally “under the rose“) means something told in secret.

Regardless of color, their unique beauty and subtle fragrance convey a message guaranteed to elicit delight from the recipient and envy from others. If you’re looking for a way to add a little extra sentiment to your silent message of affection, since it’s going to be Valentine’s day in a few days, we’ve put together a list of the meanings associated with the different colors of roses.

Red rose

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The most common and popular color amongst the roses. It is believe that it symbolizes beauty, passion, desire and romantic love with deep and strong affection. There’s nothing secret about the red rose’s symbolism of love. Valentine’s Day would hardly exist without this bold and dramatic bloom. The ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion, the red rose also conveys respect and the creative spirit of love. Representing true love stronger than thorns, the red rose is known universally as the lover’s rose.

White rose

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Representing, humility, purity and innocence, the white rose – often referred to as the bridal rose – is associated with young love. In Scotland, when the white rose bloomed in autumn, it was seen as a token of early marriage. Also symbolizing truth and reverence, it sends a message of loyalty and says “I am worthy of you. It is also associated with the Virgin Mary for Catholics which symbolizes innocence, chastity and purity. Also symbolizing spirituality reverence and new beginnings like marriage.

Yellow rose

yellow rose

During the Victorian times, this rose symbolizes jealousy, but now it’s friendship–specifically platonic friendship (yes, you might just be “friendzoned” if you’re given this rose color!) Today a yellow rose represents friendship, joy and caring. A bouquet of these sun-filled blossoms conveys warmth, gladness and affection.

Pink Rose

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In general, this is a symbol of admiration, gentleness, dignity, femininity, elegance, innocence and happiness. the pink rose also carries additional meanings depending on its hue. A deep pink conveys gratitude and appreciation, while pale shades connote grace and gentleness, admiration and happiness.

Orange Rose

orange rose

With their warm, vibrant tones, orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and desire. If you’re looking for a way to express admiration and attraction – with an underlying message of passion and excitement – then send a bouquet filled with these fiery blooms. Orange rose brings a strong message of enthusiasm and desire.

Purple/Lilac Rose

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Thought to be almost mystical in nature, with symbolism tied to enchantment, desire and even proceeding cautiously, it’s not surprising that lilac and purple roses send a message of love at first sight, A great Valentine flower.

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but don’t let its color fool you. Those petals are trying to tell you something, and it’s not always romantic. So guys, be careful with the color of the roses you’re going to send your S.O. this Valentine’s Day.

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.