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Rose Colors And Meanings

Updated on November 24, 2013

What Do The Color Of Roses Mean

Learn the hidden rose colors and meanings for knowing what to give on that special occasion. Why are red roses the ones to give for Valentine's Day? And why white is the perfect one for a wedding ceremony? Are pink roses suitable to give to a new girlfriend and when is the best to give yellow roses and to whom?

Have you ever thought of the meanings of roses and their colors, and what message each color gives to the recipient? I bet you don't want to give the same bouquet to your mother-in-law that you will will give to your wife for Valentine's Day!

Roses are maybe the most given and received flowers of all times. Have you ever wondered why is this so, and why in particular the red rose is the most coveted one by pretty much all women?

When You're Not Sure What Color Roses To Give For Valentine - How About Some Red Roses?

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red roses

Red is always in style, most people love the red color and let's face it, a bouquet of beautiful red roses can symbolize lots of great things to people. I say you'll never go wrong with a dozen or so red roses, especially when it comes to love and Valentine's Day

Red Roses

Red is the symbol of love, passion and romance. It's no wonder that red roses are given for such special occasions, whereby the most popular one is the Valentine's Day.

Especially when the romance is new (e.g. spending the first Valentine's Day together, it is customary to give one single red rose. This rose alone has a stronger symbolism than a whole bouquet of red rouses. Nothing says more I Love You than a single rose.

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"Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume."

~Arthur Miller

Pink Roses

Pink roses come in a variety of shades and hues. In fact, they appear to be some of the oldest roses in existence. Even artists of the times gone by have mostly painted pink roses before any other kind.

They have a few different meanings, depending on their shade. Darker ones symbolize appreciation and admiration. Regular pink also means Thank You, gentleness, while lighter shades of pink have an aura of poetic elegance, budding romance and platonic love.

pink roses
pink roses

Yellow Roses

Yellow roses are given as a symbol of joy, happiness, friendship, the promise of new beginnings. Yellow is a very positive color that changes the negative mood to positive very quickly. Yellow roses overall are really uplifting and pretty with their bright, sunny shades that never fail to bring a smile to anyone's lips.

If you have a really good friend, one that you call a true friend, she is the one to give yellow roses to.

yellow roses
yellow roses

Yellow Roses With Red Tip

In general yellow roses with red tips mean new love, falling in love, a budding love, a fresh romance (maybe first love?).

It is when a platonic relationship changes to something else, something sparkly and exciting. Not yet full blown passion, but the hint of something great to come

yellow roses with red tip
yellow roses with red tip

And he repents in thorns that sleeps in beds of roses.

~Francis Quarles

Orange Roses

Orange roses are clear indicators that passion, desire and enthusiasm are in play. This is the next stage after the new romance phase. Here you are allowed to show your passion and your romantic side.

It's not yet a full blown love (hence the roses are orange, not red), but things are slowly getting there. Orange roses bridge the gab between yellow (friendship) and red (love, full blown romance)

orange roses
orange roses

White Roses

White roses symbolize purity, clarity, new beginnings, innocence, humility, something heavenly.

Because of this, white roses are mostly given for weddings and in general for new beginnings, such as engagements. In many countries white roses are also given as remembrance, or placed on the memorials of lovely departed ones. However this doesn't make the white rose a sad one. On the contrary: white is uplifting and should be given on as many occasions as possible

white roses
white roses

Lavender Roses

Lavender roses have something mystical and exotic in their color that makes them truly unique. Enchantment and love at first sight are some of the most popular meanings of these roses.

They are truly visually gorgeous and stunning, and by giving a bouquet (or even a single rose) of this color you will definitely get her attention right away. In the old times lavender (or purple) has been associated with the royal families, with royalty and upper class. So you can also give lavender colored roses to somebody you deeply admire, have strongly fallen in love with at first sight and want to give them a feeling of holding them on a pedestal.

lavender roses
lavender roses

"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."

~Ben Hogan

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      3 years ago

      Hi Lindsay and Amy I really hope you reply even tgouhh it has been 2 years since you've posted on here I'm so glad to have found this site. My name is Nichole and I am almost 23 years old, I have suffered with NDPH since I was 16. I was a Sophomore in high school, it was near the end of 2006 when I got sick with bronchitis and the flu and coughed and coughed and noticed I had a really terrible headache with it. Once the sickness went away I noticed that the migraine, that pain in my head that had been so foreign to me prior to this, had not gone away, and still has not to this day I had to be home schooled and quit all of my sports I was a part of My friends went on with their lives and forgot about me while I had a constant 24/7 pain that I could not get rid of no matter how hard I tried or how much it killed me, physically and mentally. We began with Chiropractors, decompression machines, adjustments, etc. I traveled hours to probably 20 different Chiropractors that all said that they knew what I had and exactly how to treat it. I've tried natural supplements, over the counter medications, 6 Occipital nerve blocks in the back of my head, massage, diets of no wheat, no gluten, no sugar, vegan only, all with no progress. My family understands the pain and how I can be ok one minute but then pick up something slightly too heavy, walk a little too fast, sit down a little too hard and I will have to be in my room with blankets over my windows and absolutely no sound because the pain is so unbearable. It is so frustrating because I too feel like a burden, like ok you have a headache so what? Why can't you stay out late or get up early or work long shifts or run around and be active? But it is so much more than a headache It's become a way of life and although I think I handle it well I know that deep down I am depressed and deeply saddened by it because anytime I stop to think about it or talk to anyone about it I cry instantly. Lindsay, I too have tried the things you have with no help and at Cleveland Clinic where they did my nerve blocks they told me about the program where you stay there for an amount of time. My option they told me about when staying there was a few weeks, they would put me on all these medications and steroid medications, have physical therapy and counseling as well. They also said the FDA would soon be approving the Botox injections, I'm sorry those did not help you either NDPH has altered my life drastically, I can't work as much, I can't run around and just be free, I can't take a full load of classes at a time Basically I just want to thank you for having this site Amy, it is really more helpful than you know, just knowing that I'm not the only one to suffer from this and that I'm not the only one that has this pain to think about every single second of every day Bless you and bless all your readers, may you all find relief from the pain -Nichole

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      Such beautiful roses - I like the bed of roses quote.

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      6 years ago

      just i want to know the name of yellow red mixe roses plz thanx aloat

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      6 years ago

      Very nice:) Thanks for the information.

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      6 years ago

      I knew the meaning of some of the colors, but not all of them. I enjoyed learning something new.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I never knew roses with tip colors had a meaning....thanks for the information! Red roses are my favorite. Squid Angel blessings :)

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      mary lighthouse15 

      6 years ago

      I love white and pink roses.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful roses. I love the purple ones.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Nicely done! I enjoyed reading about the different colored roses!

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      6 years ago

      I had always thought that a yellow rose symbolized the ending of an affair, possibly still could? Great lens anyway!

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, Love roses. Thanks for sharing.

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      meetkerry lm 

      6 years ago

      I never knew the meaning behind the different color roses. Beautiful photos and great info! Thanks for creating this (:

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      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      In the Theatre, yellow roses are traditionally given to the leading lady at the opening night performance.

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      6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      beautiful! well done on this lens

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      6 years ago

      I love white or pale yellow, but I will,take any :) Beautiful lens, nice to learn the different meanings of the roses. *Blessed

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      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      I had vaguely heard of the different color meanings of roses--interesting!

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      6 years ago

      Such a pretty lens. I love roses and knew their meanings at one time so its nice to refresh my my memory on them. =)

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      timo5150 lm 

      6 years ago

      Cool lens thanks for sharing I knew what a couple of the colors ment. Learn something new everyday

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      6 years ago

      liked your accessories here, always looking for something very creative and unique to show my sweetheart I put thought into the gift.

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      6 years ago

      I love the beauty of red roses, the sweet subtle scent of yellow roses, and the mixed boquets of roses are wonderful! Delightful presentation, with the meanings of the colors.

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      NickyT LM 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens and beautifully crafted. Nick :)

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      6 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful work here - who doesn't love roses? :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      BusyMOM LM 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I loved learning about the meaning behind each color of rose.

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      6 years ago

      Hmm... Nice to know the meanings and glad you included a rainbow bouquet of roses (in the polls) - even as I was 'thinking' along those lines! (How wonderful it would be to present a rose in each color!) :)


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