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Rose Flower Meanings

Ever wondered about rose flower meanings before you gift roses to your beloved?

Roses have inspired people over the ages to develop a language of roses by ascribing meanings to color, variety and number of roses being gifted. Traditionally, the rose is considered the flower of love. Nothing beats red roses in saying "I Love You" on Valentine's Day.

It is always good to know the symbolic meanings associated with roses when you gift them to your loved ones. When you consciously choose a certain color, variety or number of roses for someone, you bring a whole new depth to the gesture of gifting roses. The Flower Expert compiles a concise list of rose flower meanings below.

Rose Flower Meanings based on Color

Color of Roses Rose Color Meaning
Valentine Rose Red Roses: A red rose is an unmistakable expression of love. Red roses convey deep emotions - be it love, longing or desire. Red Roses can also be used to convey respect, admiration or devotion. A deep red rose can be used to convey heartfelt regret and sorrow. The number of red roses has special romantic meanings associated with them. 12 red roses is the most popular of all which conveys "Be mine" and "I love you"
Rose Flower Meanings-2 White Roses: White is the color of purity, chastity and innocence. White flowers are generally associated with new beginnings and make an ideal accompaniment to a first-time bride walking down the aisle. White flowers can be used to convey sympathy or humility. They also are indicative of spirituality. Hence, white roses also follow suit.
Rose Flower Meanings-4 Yellow Roses: Yellow roses are an expression of exuberance. Yellow roses evoke sunny feelings of joy, warmth and welcome. They are symbols of friendship and caring. The yellow rose, like the other roses, does not carry an undertone of romance. It indicates purely platonic emotions.
Rose Flower Meanings-16 Pink Roses: There are a lot of variations of the pink rose. Over all, pink roses are used to convey gentle emotions such as admiration, joy and gratitude. Light pink rose blooms are indicative of sweetness and innocence. Deep pink rose blooms convey deep gratitude and appreciation. Pink roses also connote elegance and grace.
Rose Flower Meanings-15 Orange Roses: While a yellow rose reminds us of the sun, an orange rose reminds us of a fiery blaze. These fiery blooms signify passion and energy. Orange roses can be used to express intense desire, pride and fervor. They also convey a sense of fascination. These flowers rival only the red roses as messengers of passion in romance.
Rose Flower Meanings-14 Lavender Roses: A Lavender rose like its color conveys enchantment. It also expresses "love at first sight". Darker shades of lavender roses (close to purple) convey a sense of regal majesty and splendor. These roses are used to express fascination and adoration.
Rose Flower Meanings-28 Blue Roses: A perfectly blue rose is still elusive like the perfectly black rose. Blue roses cannot be achieved naturally so they represent the unattainable or the mysterious. Blue roses therefore embody the desire for the unattainable. They say "I can't have you but I can't stop thinking about you"
green-roses Green roses: Green is the color of harmony, of opulence, of fertility. It is also a color indicative of peace and tranquility. Green roses (these are off-white roses with shades of green) can symbolize best wishes for a prosperous new life or wishes for recovery of good health
Rose Flower Meanings-27 Black Roses: 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.
mixed-roses Mixed Roses: By mixing rose blooms of different colors purposefully, you can create a bouquet of emotions. For example, a bouquet of red and white roses would mean I love you intensely and my intentions are honorable. A random mix of roses would convey mixed feelings or send a message: "I don't know what my feelings are yet but I sure do like you enough to send you roses."

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Rose Flower Meanings based on Rose Variety

Image of Rose Rose Variety Meaning of the Rose Variety
Love Confession Rose Moss Rosebud Confession of love
Rose Flower Meanings-3 Thorn-less Rose Love at first sight, early attachment
Rose Flower Meanings-5 Leaf Rose You may hope
Rose Flower Meanings-7 Hibiscus Rose Delicate Beauty
Rose Flower Meanings-8 Burgundy Rose Unconscious Beauty
Rose Flower Meanings-9 Christmas Rose Relieve my anxiety
Rose Flower Meanings-12 Dog rose Pleasure & Pain
damask-rose Damask Rose Freshness, Persian ambassador of Love
Garden Rose Garden Rose I am from Mars
Tea Rose Tea Rose I will remember always
Rose of Sharon Rose of Sharon Consumed by Love
Carmine Rose Carmine Rose Deceitful Desire (not true to color)
Cardinal Red Rose Cardinal Red Rose Sublime Desire
Amaranth Red Rose Amaranth Red Rose Long standing Desire
Wild Rose Wild Rose Simplicity
Musk Rose Musk Rose Capricious Beauty
Rose Flower Meanings-35 Rosa mundi Variety
A withered white rose symbolizes death or loss of innocence and a faded rose indicates beauty is fleeting

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Rose Flower Meanings based on Number

A single rose says a lot and a lot more distinctly. Find out it what it says in different colors.

  • A single red rose says: "I love you"
  • A single white rose says: "My feelings are pure"
  • A single yellow rose says: "You bring joy to my life" "Let's be friends"
  • A single pink rose says: "I like you"
  • A single orange rose says: "I am proud of you"
  • A single peach rose says: "Thank you" "I sympathize with you"
  • A single lavender rose says: "I am enchanted by you"
  • A single blue rose says: "You seem like an unattainable dream"
A crown of roses indicates reward of virtue, a bouquet of roses in full bloom indicates gratitude and rose in a tuft of grass indicates there is everything to be gained by good company.

The number symbolism in the case of roses is especially associated with red roses and by that association to romantic involvement. So when you send a bunch of red roses or receive it count the blooms and read below what the numbers are saying:

A single Red Rose "I Love you" "You are the one for me" Buy a Single Red Rose
No of Red Roses Meaning of the Rose Online Red Rose Collection
Valentine Rose "I Love you""You are the one for me" Buy Single Red Rose
two-red-roses "Let us be together" Currently Not Available
Valentine Rose "You and me and our love for company" Buy Three Red Roses
six-red-roses I am half-way in love with you" Currently Not Available
12-red-roses "Be mine" Buy Twelve Red Roses
24-red-roses "I am yours" Currently Not Available
Image of 50-red-roses "My love for you is limitless" Buy Fifty Red Roses

Twenty-five red roses are traditionally used to say "Congratulations". However, now that you have some idea of color symbolism in roses you may creatively substitute another color to further enliven the message.

If you accept the rose with your right hand, it conveys that you are in agreement with the other person and your affirmation. If you do so with the left hand, it shows your disagreement.

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