Rose Color Meanings

Rose Color Meanings
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Roses are arguably one of the most popular flower types, but everyone wants to know what the meaning of each rose color is.  We’ve created a handy guide for you to answer the question, but also provide you with a bit more context about each rose color type.

Red Roses

Red roses are recognized the world over as a symbol of love, beauty, passion and desire. These associations go back as far as the Greeks, who originally associated the red rose with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The story states that when her love was wounded, she pricked her foot on the thorn of a white rose in her attempt to run to him. Her blood turned the rose red, in a symbol of romantic devotion and passion. The red rose was also very popular in 15th and 16th century England when it became the symbol of the newly crowned Tudor king.

Even though red roses are commonly given as a gift on Valentine’s Day, red roses can be given all year long as a  way to express your love and passion for someone. They also look beautiful in gardens. Learn about the history of red roses.


Pink Roses

Pink roses are very versatile and can signify a variety of sentiments. They symbolize happiness, admiration, love and gratitude. Pink roses have shown up in many great works of art over the centuries, often as a symbol of an emotion the artist is trying to convey. They were most popular in art and decorations in the Victorian era.  You can’t go wrong with pink roses as a gift for your girlfriend, mom or other loved one. They’re more sweet than romantic, and are sure to make your recipient smile.

Pink roses make a fantastic gift to anyone you share romantic or non romantic love for. Learn about the history of pink roses.


White Roses

As far back as Greek mythology, white roses have been a symbol of innocence, purity, spirituality and reverence. Legend has it that white roses were created when Aphrodite rose emerged from the sea and all of the sea foam that fell from her body turned into white roses. In medieval times the white rose was associated with both the Virgin Mary, as well as the very popular house of York. The Yorks who used the symbol of a white rose for their house, fought for many years with the Lancastrians, who used the red rose as their symbol. Historians later called this feud The War of the Roses.

Since it is associated with purity, spirituality and even new beginnings, the white rose is commonly used for funerals, weddings and various religious ceremonies and gifts. Learn more about the history of white roses.


Orange Roses

Although orange roses do not have the same lengthy history as some of the other rose colors, they are still a beautiful flower that is sure to take your recipient’s breath away. Around the start of the 1900s, the people in England started to experiment with crossbreeding yellow roses and red roses to create an orange rose. This new color became popular instantly, and is still a standout.

Since the orange rose is a crossbreed of the red and yellow rose, its meaning is also a hybrid. Orange roses are the perfect gift to express happiness, gratitude, support or to give as a hint that you want a friendship to turn into something more.


Yellow Roses

During the 1700s when Europeans started traveling to the Middle East they discovered a new rose growing that they had never seen before and were automatically mesmerized by it. They brought these back and yellow roses immediately became the new must have flower for gardens and gifts.

Yellow roses are the perfect gift to make sure there is no confusion about whether the roses are romantic, as they are known to symbolize friendship and appreciation. Yellow roses are cheerful and can make any desk or home feel sunny & bright with their presence. Learn more about the history of yellow roses.



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