Because the rose is such a willing participant in love’s many escapades, different colors and varieties have taken on symbolic meanings. When you choose a color, variety or number of roses for someone, you are personalizing your gift with deeper sentiment. Regardless of color, their unique beauty and subtle fragrance convey a message guaranteed to elicit delight from the recipient and envy from others.
Red: Love and Romance
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.
Yellow: Friendship, Joy, Get Well
While in Victorian times, the yellow rose symbolized jealousy, today it represents friendship, joy and caring. A bouquet of these sun-filled blossoms conveys warmth, gladness and affection. 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.
Lavender: Enchantment, Majesty, Love at First Sight
The color purple has a traditional association with royalty. In this regard, shades of lavender roses suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor.
Pink: Love, Gratitude, Appreciation
Pink carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance. A deep pink conveys gratitude and appreciation, while pale shades connote grace and gentleness, admiration and happiness.
White: Purity, Innocence, Sympathy, Spirituality
Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. White flowers are generally associated with new beginnings and make an ideal accompaniment to a first-time bride walking down the aisle. Early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. White flowers can be used to convey sympathy or humility. They are associated with honor and reverence, which makes them a fitting memorial for a departed loved one.
Peach: Sincerity, Gratitude and Appreciation
Delicate and beautiful peach roses send a message of sensitivity. The soft, pastel color of peach roses is comforting and soothing. A bouquet of peach roses shows your deep appreciation and gratitude or just an elegant way to say “Thank You!”
Orange: Desire, Enthusiasm and Passion
With their warm, vibrant tones, orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and desire. They can be an expression of fascination, or a gift to say ‘I’m proud of you.
Green is the color of life, abundant growth, and constant renewal of life and energy. The green rose signifies the constant rejuvenation of spirit, and is therefore a messenger of cheerfulness.Green roses can symbolize best wishes for a prosperous new life or wishes for recovery of good health.
Black: Farewell, and Death
Black is the color of death and farewell. A black rose, like the blue rose remains elusive. What we know as black roses are actually really dark red roses. Black roses convey the death of a feeling or idea. Sending black roses to someone indicates the death of the relationship.