The Colour of The Rose, Matters

Over the years the meanings behind the different colours of roses has evolved, and even changed, to cover many sentiments. The Rose is one of the most popular flower gifts, given to convey an expression of emotion or feeling.

Most of us are aware of the symbolic meaning of the red and the white rose, but over the years the meanings behind the different colours of roses has evolved, and even changed, to cover many sentiments.

Red is the most commonly given colour of roses.
  • Red signifies love and passion.
  • True red is the rose for lovers.
  • Fiery red roses signify passion.
  • Cardinal red symbolizes desire.
  • Fully bloomed red roses best convey the message – ”I still love you”.
  • Red rose buds are a way to express love for the first time.

Yellow roses once meant jealousy.
  • Today the yellow rose signifies friendship and domestic happiness.
  • Yellow roses can also be an appropriate sentiment to express sympathy.

Orange roses symbolize an expression of pride or amazement.
  • Orange roses are appropriate for a graduate or a promotion.

Peach roses symbolize appreciation and desire.
  • Peach roses are appropriate to express sincere appreciation, or someone’s accomplishments.

Pink roses signify elegance, gentility, and poetic romance, without the seriousness signified by red.
  • Pink roses are more light-hearted than red and can signify admiration or sweet thoughts.
  • Light pink roses can signify both sympathy and friendship.
  • Dark pink is symbolic of appreciation and thankfulness.
  • A mixture of pink and red roses signifies a romantic relationship.

White roses are sometimes called the ”flower of light”, and are the bride’s roses.
  • They symbolize unity, sincerity, loyalty, purity, and a love stronger than death.
  • Mixing white with red emphasizes the meaning of love.
  • White rose buds are an appropriate gift to a young girl from her father.

Purple roses represent majestic glory and can symbolize eternal love.
  • Lavender or lilac roses signify love at first sight, or the beginning of true feelings.
  • Purple roses are appropriate for wedding anniversaries beyond twenty five years, and as memorial flowers for a lost spouse.
  • Deep purple roses should be reserved for intimate situations.

Black roses are symbolic of death.
  • Black roses may be seen as an omen, however, they can also signify change or rejuvenation, as some rose buds appear black, but then bloom into crimson red.
  • It is best to avoid giving black roses if you are unsure.

Multiple Colours: By mixing more than one colour into a bouquet, you can convey more than one sentiment.

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