Sending roses today? Here’s the hidden meaning behind these popular rose colors


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For as long as humans have been cultivating flowers, different blooms and colors have been used to convey particular meanings, feelings, and emotions. In the Victorian era, the symbolism of flowers was literally a language of its own — floriography. Entire books were published on the language of flowers and the different meanings associated with various colors and varieties of flowers.

Roses, in particular, are flowers that have historically inspired a wide variety of meanings and associations. It seems as if it’s almost universal knowledge that red roses are associated with romantic love and Valentine’s Day. But how well do you know the meanings of other shades of roses?


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Let’s take a look at eight different colors of roses and the meanings associated with each of them.

Red Roses

If you have an association with only one color of roses, it’s probably the red rose. The red rose is a well-known, near-universal symbol of love, romance, and passion. When you’re looking for a way to express your romantic feelings for that special someone in your life, a single-stem red rose or a simple red rose bouquet is one of the most traditional ways to do so.

One reason the association between red roses and romance is so strong is that it dates back to ancient times. Both Greek and Roman mythology have stories of the goddess of love rushing to warn her lover about threats against his life. On the way, she is cut by a thorn, and everywhere her blood falls, a red rose blooms. Although the lover tragically dies, the red roses serve as an ongoing reminder of their love.

Yellow Roses

Yellow roses have come to represent friendship. Although, this hasn’t always been the case. In the past, yellow roses were thought to signify jealousy or betrayal. In the Victorian era, getting a yellow rose from your beloved might have been a sign that your relationship was nearing its end.

But it’s perhaps apt that these roses reminiscent of the sun and its rays have come to be associated with warmer feelings. Today, yellow roses are most commonly gifted to friends or colleagues as a symbol of congratulations or overall warm and fuzzy vibes.

White Roses

Very popular at weddings, white roses are sometimes referred to as the “bridal rose” and are generally thought to represent purity and innocence. Additionally, perhaps because of the association with wedding ceremonies, white roses have also come to symbolize new beginnings and young love.

White roses are also thought to convey a sense of honor and remembrance. For this reason, they are also commonly found in funeral arrangements and can be appropriately given as a sympathy gesture.

Pink Roses

Pink roses can represent a variety of things, with different shades of pink carrying different connotations. Although, generally speaking, any pink rose can represent gratitude, so you can’t go wrong with sending pink roses as a thank you. Lighter, paler pinks also tend to represent femininity, happiness, and grace, while darker, deeper shades carry associations of honor and admiration.

Although pink roses don’t have the same associations with love as red roses, that doesn’t mean they aren’t appropriate for your love interest. But they’re also quite appropriate as a non-romantic gesture, for instance as a graduation gift or a congratulatory gesture after a performance.

Peach Roses

The word peach conjures pleasant and sweet connotations, whether it makes you think about taking a bite out of a juicy piece of fruit or it just has you feeling peachy keen. Appropriately, then, peach roses are known to represent uniformly warm, positive attributes like sincerity and gratitude.

A peach rose is an ideal expression of friendship and makes a great gift for your host when you’re attending a fancy brunch or a dinner party. Alternatively, sending peach roses as a thank you will leave no doubt about the genuine nature of your feelings.

Orange Roses

While the sincerity associated with peach roses makes them an appropriate gift for an old friend or a trusted work colleague, orange roses call to mind something a bit more adventurous. This fiery color signifies energy, passion, and desire. This means a gift of orange roses is better reserved for someone with whom you have a flirtatious or romantic relationship. It’s a great way to let your partner or crush know you’re excited about them!

Purple Roses

Purple roses are not commonly found in the wild, but they are beautiful flowers with a very specific meaning. The color purple has been associated with royalty for centuries. The raw materials needed to make purple dyes have historically been rare and, therefore, expensive. As such, the color was often reserved for the rich and powerful.

Darker purple roses, therefore, are symbolic of royalty and majesty. A gift of purple roses also implies a sense of adoration, so tends to be appropriate for a very special occasion. Softer purples, like lavender, have a more specific meaning of love at first sight.

Blue Roses

Roses this color do not occur naturally in the wild, but in 2004, a team of scientists successfully genetically engineered a species of blue rose. Because of their rarity, the blue rose can symbolize the unattainable or the mysterious. As a relatively recent creation, they also carry an association with new beginnings. Because of this association, they can make an appropriate gift for someone experiencing a change, like a new job or a move to a new home.


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Roses have a longstanding association with Valentine’s Day. They are, after all, considered the flower of love. The origins of roses as a flower that represents love and romance are believed to go as far back as ancient times when the Greek goddess Aphrodite wore these flowers. Roses were also an important part of courting rituals in the 19th century when they were given as a sign of romantic intentions. It may be well-past the Victorian era, but today roses still have that strong association with love, romance, and passion.

Express your feelings to a romantic partner or even a secret crush with roses. Besides their traditional meaning, roses also make great choices for Valentine’s Day because of their appearance. Elegant, luxurious, and sophisticated, the rose is a flower universally appreciated for its vibrant beauty. Another reason to consider sending them this Valentine’s Day? 

Their fascinating fragrance. No other flower has quite the same distinct scent as a rose. Try a bold, rose-focused bouquet like the sumptuous Double the Macchiato or The Verona. Consider a unique bouquet combining graceful roses and whimsical snapdragons in style, or free-spirit roses and delphinium.

Lilies can symbolize rebirth and renewal, innocence and joy, so they also have a natural appeal for Valentine’s Day. This flower option can show your commitment to an established relationship, celebrate a new one, or be a token of good things to come. 

Their look has a certain sophistication and elegance that still has a free, unfussy feel. They are perfect for pairing with other types of flowers, such as roses, for a unique look.

The specific type and color of the Lily can also have additional meanings. 

Choose a bouquet of exotic rose lilies to show your passion with eye-catching color. Or, turn to a sweet arrangement of white lilies to share your feelings with a bouquet bursting with pure, crisp beauty.

Symbolizing hope, love, and promise, tulips are another best Valentine’s Day flower choice to consider. Available in a wide range of vibrant and pastel colors, the tulip has the ideal blend of versatility and balance. It’s bold enough to make a statement on its own or with other flowers, but the distinctive silhouette evokes a familiar, relaxed feel. Fresh yet elegant, tulips also work well in both classic arrangements and unique bouquet styles for Valentine’s Day.

Since color options abound, you can personalize your gift further by choosing a tulip color meaning that expresses just how you feel. Popular options are bursting with color and vibrancy for the ideal gift.

With their full blooms and unique look, scabiosas add a lush look to any bouquet. A flower that means love, peace, and beauty, the scabiosa works well as an accent along with many other types of flowers, including roses, carnations, spray roses, ranunculus, and more. The delicate appearance of the petals also makes them an elegant beauty.

Soft pink scabiosas shine in a Valentine’s Day bouquet. Or consider a contrasting arrangement with burgundy scabiosas and roses like, or the luxurious appeal of scabiosas with sweet carnations and bicolor roses.

Carnations are another top Valentine’s Day flower choice that works equally well as an accent or as the star of a bouquet. The full blooms with their distinctive ruffled petals have a slightly playful look that can be enhanced by mixing different carnation colors. They are also available in the top flower colors for Valentine’s Day, from soft, sweet pinks and peaches to classic reds and whites.

Carnations add depth and beauty to an elegant and romantic arrangement and are sure to stun in a multi-colored bouquet.

With airy, delicate petals, lisianthus is another best option for Valentine’s flowers. Though they have a resemblance to roses, these flowers have a look all their own. They are popularly paired with other flowers for a complete, fresh look. Choose a bouquet that incorporates lisianthus.

This pretty bloom is popular in colors such as white, pink, purple, green, and more, you can choose a shade that’s as individual as your loved one’s personality.

Ranunculus (also known as the Persian buttercup) is another key flower to consider for a romantic occasion because of its sheer perfection. The way the petals of the flower fit together gives them an almost surreal beauty, so why not gift an arrangement to the one you love? These are breathtaking on their own or incorporated with other flowers. They also come in an array of colors, from contemporary romantic looks to soft pastels.

Dried flowers are a unique alternative to fresh arrangements and make a Valentine’s Day gift that will last. Popular dried arrangements are artfully created with unique elements, so you can’t go wrong if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift. Browse elegant options with a flourish of dusty pinks, or dried flowers with a bold splash of color, like red and white. Dried flowers make a romantic and thoughtful gift since they require virtually no care.

Making the choice is the hardest part of the decision when it comes to today’s top Valentine’s Day flowers. There are styles for every taste, from simple and understated to bold and dramatic. 


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