No wonder why over 100 million roses are sold during Valentine’s Day only, roses are the universal gesture of love, affection and friendship. We all know that a red rose is the most famous symbol of true love and passion. But what about the meaning of other rose colors and their meaning? Each rose color has its own meaning, and iff you are planning to give someone a bouquet of roses with a specific message in mind, you might want to read this article and be sure your message is what you want it to be. And if you found this post helpful, share it with friends and family 🙂
Did you know: Roses are a symbol of confidentiality? The Latin expression sub rosa means “under the rose,” meaning something told in secret. One rose can say more than a thousand words!
Red Rose and it’s Meaning
You surely know this, but let’s get over it once more: a red rose is the Queen of all Roses, it symbolizes passion, deep desire, and romantic love. Its meaning goes back to ancient times. For example, the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, is said to be the cause for roses having thorns. Each thorn in a red rose symbolized a love she lost. Being a goddess, she is immortal, and she had to see all the mortal men she fell in love with, wither and die.
The red color of red roses comes from the time when Aphrodite pricked her foot on the thorns of a white rose as she was trying to run to his lover, Adonis, who was wounded. Her blood stained the roses red, making the rose into a symbol of endless love and passion, of giving without expecting anything in return.
Red roses are very popular for Valentine’s day and are somewhat cli·ché which may be reasonably unoriginal. You may want to consider another color for this holiday and save red roses for anniversaries or birthdays. Of course, it varies from person to person, some women would always love to receive a red rose, others would want more variety.
The Meaning of the White Rose
In Christian tradition, the white rose is connected to the Virgin Mary. Because of this association, it sends a message of reverence, truth, and new beginnings.
Although white roses are the most appropriate for a young woman who has not yet experience deep and passionate love, white roses also symbolize marriage – a common wedding flower for the bride. A white rose bouquet became a tradition for weddings since Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840.
White roses, the purest of colors, can also represent innocence, purity, and charm. They represent a world unspoiled and untarnished.
White roses are also used for religious occasions like baptisms and confirmations.
Yellow Rose Symbolism and Meaning
Did you know that during the Victorian era, yellow roses represented jealousy and infidelity of one’s partner? During that time, the meaning give to rose colors was derived from legends, stories and if those didn’t suit your intentions, you could easily think of a meaning on the spot. Those Victorian age people were tricky, I tell you that!
Did you know: Today, yellow roses generally symbolize friendship, a special platonic friendship. However, if you are giving roses to someone from Texas, you should know that a yellow rose is the State Flower, and symbolizes ‘Passionate undying love.
For all other except Texans, it’s not a smart move to send yellow roses if you romantically like them, it could express your intention that you are only interested in friendship with the person. What a way to get yourself friend-zoned, huh?
Yellow roses are also an excellent way of sending a congratulatory message to someone.
Perfect for graduations, a new baby, or an engagement.
Since the color yellow associates the feelings of joy, cheer, and caring, you can tell someone you feel such feelings for them by giving them a bouquet of these roses.
The Meaning of a Pink-colored Rose
When it comes to pink, words associated are admiration, gentleness, elegance, sweetness, and happiness. If you are starting a relationship or romance with someone, pink roses are a good choice. Red roses may come off a little strong for the beginning of a romance. The first traces of pink roses were found in fossils dating 40 million years from today. Pink roses are mostly found in the wild. The first known cultivated use of pink roses goes back to 5000 years, when the Chinese royal family had rose gardens filled with pink roses.
Pink roses symbolize sentiment, thoughtfulness and sometimes – passion. During the Victorian era, the color of pink was used for virtually everything, from decorating wallpapers, to gifting cards. They are a universal color when it comes to gifting flowers, their meaning is simply of good will and desire for friendship, respect, or maybe something more. Their ambiguity keeps the receiver of the flowers guessing and intrigued.
Due to being so diverse, pink roses are one of the most common gift for Valentine’s day. However, you should know that:
Different pink shades have different meanings
Let’s see what they are:
- Pale pink roses signify sweetness, gentleness and grace while;
- Medium shades of pink roses are given to congratulate someone or when you want to cheer someone who is grieving;
- The darkest shade of pink roses are fit for a thank you gift or to celebrate a milestone of a woman’s life, a show of appreciation and gratitude.
Orange Rose Symbolism and Meaning
Bright and warm orange roses symbolize great enthusiasm, attraction, and desire. Orange roses are for the most part romantic in nature– best for romantic occasions. This color can be slightly uncommon but primarily one of the best choices for Valentine’s day and anniversaries.
Meaning of a Peach Rose
Peach means modesty and sympathy, a generous choice for someone who has just lost a loved one. Pale peach rose on the contrary combined with pink roses communicate admiration. This can be used as a wedding flower combination and color palette.
Burgundy Rose Meaning
Burgundy roses have a deeper context, even beyond that of red roses. It conveys a deeper passion and a very romantic devotion to someone. You might want to pick this color for the next Valentine’s day. For a lusher color palette, you can add depth to a bouquet of red or pink roses.
The cost of roses is primarily influenced by the quality of roses, the time of the year and occasion, and the work involved in the arrangement. Almost every rose color sends their own message and devotion so it’s important to always consider the colors you select.
Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a daytime writer for Roses Only, one of New York’s finest flower shop that offers the best roses available from around the world. Ivandrea passionately loves flowers and writing about floristry.
Have an amazing day!