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Meaning of Rose Colors

Updated on April 13, 2015

Roses from Friendship to a Passionate Love

The meaning of roses defined in their color. Some colors have conflicting definitions. A yellow rose can stand for comfort, friendship and joy. The other spectrum of the yellow rose can mean jealousy and infidelity.

The red rose is the number one color we associate with the deepest, passionate love of all. In the business world, it can mean a job well done.

Below is the floral dictionary of traditional meanings.

Photo Credit: Red Roses Postcard by Sandyspider at Zazzle.

White Roses are the Purest - Shades of White and Light Colored Roses

White Rose: Pure, innocence, charm, secrecy, silence, you're heavenly, reverence, humility, youthfulness Infidelity, Joy, Gladness, Friendship, new beginnings, honor, expression of remembrance, the first

Pale Colored Roses: friendship

Yellow Roses

Yellow Roses on Amazon

shown below
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Yellow Roses Bring Sunshine - Their Meaning is Double Edge

Yellow Rose: zealous, jealousy, welcome back, remember me, infidelity, joy, gladness, friendship, warmth, comfort, cheerful

Yellow and Red Rose: excitement, joy, happiness, and congratulations

Yellow and Orange Rose: passionate thoughts

Orange Roses

Roses in Shades of Orange - Orange, Coral and Peach

Orange Rose Postcard
Orange Rose Postcard

Passion of Orange

Coral and Orange Roses: desire, passion, enthusiasm, fascination

Peach Rose: getting together, closing of the deal, making it final

Photo Credit: Orange Rose Postcard by Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle. Type it in the search when in my shop on Zazzle.

See all the rose gifts in my Zazzle shop here!

Pink Roses

Pink Roses a Lighter Side of Emotions - Light to Dark Pink and Mixed with White

Light Pink Rose: desire, passion, joy of life, youth, energy, admiration

Pink Rose: friendship, love, grace, gentility, you're so lovely, perfect happiness, please believe me, appreciation, joyfulness, sweetness, indecision

Dark Pink Rose: gratitude, appreciation, thank you

Pink and White Rose: I love you still and always will, everlasting love.

Lavender and Violet Roses:

love at first sight, enchantment, adoration

Lavender Roses So Beautiful

Red Roses

Love is in the air

Red Roses Gifts
Red Roses Gifts

Red Roses Fill Our Hearts with Deep Emotion

True Love and Beauty in Shades of Red

Red Rose: passionate love, desire, romance, deepest love, perfection, respect, courage, job well done

Red and White Rose: unity, flower emblem of England, marriage

Burgundy Rose: unconscious beauty

Photo Credit: Red Roses Gifts on Amazon by Sandy Mertens.

Black Rose:


Roses together in All Colors

Wonderful gifts all year round

Mixed Rose Colors

on Amazon
on Amazon

Sweet for Home Rose & Alstromeria Combo

Roses for Mother or Your Sweetheart

Wonderful Gift to Say I Love You

Roses are special flowers given out on Mother's Day, anniversaries and any occasion. A perfect give to send out to your mother who lives far away to let her know that you are thinking of her and wish you could be there. Give a a bouquet of roses to your husband or boyfriend. They love roses too.

A bouquet of mixed colored roses captures the array of emotions. For a son or daughter giving their mother a mixed colored gift of roses, this can mean "Thank you mom for the deep love that nurtured me. Your beauty, grace and passion for life have made me into the person I am today. I admire you for all the little things that make you the best mom one can have."

The meaning of roses is what you want to give to it with your own personal message.

Photo Credit: ProFlowers Coupons

Beautiful Flower Vases - Ideal for Flowers Not Sent with a Vase

More vases for your flowers

© 2012 Sandy Mertens

What is your favorite colored rose? - Thanks for commenting

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    • ReviewsfromSandy profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Brite-Ideas Very interesting with all flower meanings.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I find myself looking up the meaning of some many standard things in life, especially flowers - since every flower and color have a meaning :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I like the dark red rose especially to see them planted beside a tree. The green and red just look so very beautiful at the base of a tree.

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      5 years ago

      Enjoyed learning about the meaning of rose colors.

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      5 years ago

      These has been fun to read and learn about the meanings of the colors of roses.

      I did know some of them.

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      6 years ago

      I love everything about roses, but I think pink is my favorite color.

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      Valora Janesh 

      6 years ago

      My favorite roses are white and violet. Thank you for this lens!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens. Nice to be reminded of the meanings of the colors. Yellow roses are my favorites no matter what they say about them. Thanks for the flowers to enjoy.

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      6 years ago

      Love the lens. I'm submitting it for my "Water a Flower Day" quest.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I had no idea and I will steer away from the Yellow rose from now on.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I knew many of the hidden meanings behind the color of a rose but had no idea about the negative ones of the yellow rose. It is truly amazing the knowledge that is here on Squidoo. I learn so many new things simply by visiting the many lenses here. Hope you are having an amazing weekend.

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      6 years ago

      I love red and pink roses. I wasn't aware that black roses signified death. Very interesting lens. Thank you for sharing

    • AgingIntoDisabi profile image


      6 years ago

      There are so may hybrid roses now that I can't keep up with the colors. Thanks for this!

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      6 years ago

      Yellow is my favorite. Hubby bought me a miniature yellow rose bush for my birthday this year.

    • EdmondHoggeJr profile image


      6 years ago

      Lovely Lens Sandy =)

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      Roses are so beautiful, I love all the colours! Lovely page :)

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      6 years ago

      never knew they have meanings. thanx

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      6 years ago

      Great to know the meanings of all the different colors and shades of roses, thank you. Roses are not my favorite flowers but the roses I do like are either yellow and orange together, or a single white rose.

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      6 years ago

      I found you from bragova's tweet about you. Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Thank you, Sandy! This is lovely.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I like yellow roses, but all are so pretty!


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