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Say it with Roses - Significance and Meaning of Different Colors of Roses

Updated on January 10, 2016
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Anamika S. Jain has been a social media consultant for six years. She has written more than 200 articles on relationships and dating.

Meaning and Significance of different colors and numbers of Roses
Meaning and Significance of different colors and numbers of Roses

The Significance of Rose Colors

Haven’t we heard many a times ‘Say it with Roses’? A rose can communicate a lot. Every color of this flower carries a special significance. However, there are many elements, such as the type of rose and number of stems, which can carry as much significance as the color.

Red Roses

A Red Rose is considered as a universal signature of conveying love and romance. Red roses are therefore widely used while proposing or for reaffirming ones love. Red roses are given to loved ones on occasions like anniversaries, Valentine's days, birthdays etc. Red is normally given as gift to lovers and beloved ones.

Pink Roses Dark Pink roses are a classical way to say "Thank you". They are also expressions of admiration, happiness and appreciation. All pink roses can be used in friendship bouquets. Light Pink roses can be presented to a sick person suggesting 'Get well soon' or for expressing your condolences.

White Roses

White roses signify true love, innocence and purity. It can also symbolize new beginnings or of farewell. A relationship can be commenced with a white rose, hinting your special feelings for your beloved. This flower is also associated with Christian Weddings especially as a bridal flower. White roses are also associated with honor and reverence, which makes them an ideal flower to use when paying tribute to a loved one.

Orange Roses

Orange roses symbolize desire and passion.
They also indicate fascination and enthusiasm. They are good choices when you want to hint your interest in going ahead with a new relationship.

Yellow Roses
A yellow rose symbolizes friendship and caring. Yellow roses are also used to signify feelings like ‘congratulations,' joy, gladness and delight, caring, 'welcome back' and 'remember me'.

Lavender Roses

Lavender Roses are symbolic love at first sight or “falling in love".

Blue Rose

A blue rose is very hard. They are mostly dyed. Blue roses are symbolic of “mystery", "attaining the impossible". They also symbolize the rarity of your partner.

Peach Roses

Peach roses portray feelings of gratitude, admiration, sociability and friendship. It also symbolizes modesty.

Black Roses

Roses are normally dyed to make them black. These roses indicate the culmination of a relationship or Death.

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Rose Combinations and Numbers

Rose Combinations

  • A combination of red and yellow roses is symbolic of joy and celebration.
  • A combination of red and pink roses is a deeper meaning to a romantic relationship. A combination of Pink and yellow is an expression of friendship.
  • A combination of red and white roses represents Unity and Harmony.
  • A combination of lavender and orange roses to say that you are falling in love with the person and desire them.
  • A Combination of yellow and pinkroses to let a grieving friend know you care and are sorry for their loss.
  • A combination of 11 roses of one color and then 1 of a contrasting color to let your friend or lover know that you find them unique or they stand out as special.

The Number of Roses

The Number of roses exchanged carries a special significance.The single rose of any color symbolizes utmost devotion to a single person. Two roses entwined together communicate the feeling 'Marry Me'. Six Roses communicate the need to be loved. If you receives Eleven Roses it is symbolic of being truly and deeply loved. Thirteen roses indicate a silent admirer. 365 roses denote that your love is constant throughout the year.1001 roses is symbolic of faithful love that will live on forever.


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  • Jaya Sanghita profile image

    Sanghita Chatterjee 

    5 years ago from Kolkata

    Lovely hub Anamika!

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Awesome! I love roses, and this was a fascinating read. I knew certain roses meant red, love and purity for white, but this goes so much deeper.I had to vote awesome,beautiful and interesting!

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    10 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the nice comments Tatjana.

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    10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

    I like yellow the most, white, peach, orange...I can feel scent of roses after reading your Hub. Thanks, Anamika...

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    Anamika S Jain 

    10 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the visit crisis. And thanks for visiting the Hub and pointing the mistake packerpack.

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    Om Prakash Singh 

    10 years ago from India, Calcutta

    Good Hub Anamika, Well I knew about the various colours of roses but had no idea about the combination stuff. I have always gifted roses depending on what looked good to me or what the other person liked. So just by choosing right colour and combination will be enough to send the message I want to! Wow that is cool but for that the person whom I will gift them, has to know the meaning too... ;) Good Hub

    I am not sure but I think there is a mistake in one of the sentences above. For the black rose you have written, "Dead roses indicate the culmination of a relationship or Death." I feel you wanted to write "dyed" or "Black" instead of "Dead". Just have a look.

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    10 years ago

    nice info


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