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Roses – A Flower of Many Flavors

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

When most of think about the Rose, we normally think in terms of colors or, maybe, differentiate based on use (garden roses, ornamental roses, cut roses, etc.).

Bur roses have a lot more up their leaves – I mean – sleeve. 😉

Scientifically, roses are woody perennials of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. They can also be classified according species (more than 100), cultivars and hybrids. Then, if you wish, you can distinguish between them according to size and type, such as mini and compact roses, shrubs, climbers, ornamentals, cut flowers, etc. And, apart from enjoying their splendor, roses are also used for perfume, food, drink and – even – medicine.

Others, like the American Rose Society, firstly classifies roses into three main types: Species Roses (“wild roses”), Old Garden Roses (pre-1867), and Modern Roses (since 1867). The last two types are deemed to be hybrids of (i.e. derived from) wild roses. Once a rose has been typecast according to the aforesaid system, rose enthusiasts typically proceed to categorize them according to criteria such as blooming characteristics, scent, size, color, growth habits, ancestry, date of introduction,etc., etc.

Roses, the ultimate romantic symbol

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The rose is the ultimate symbol of love, beauty, romance and passion. This single flower has the ability to convey an emotion like no other and has world-wide recognition and desire. Cleopatra famously insisted on a carpet of rose petals and a rose petal stuffed mattress when Mark Antony visited. Nero, the well known Roman Emperor, covered an entire beach with roses during a high profile celebration. Greek mythology details the rose was named by Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Most importantly, roses are given as a gift to those we love to show just how special they are and just how much they mean to us. The rose is truly a powerful flower that can be used for so many occasions and for so many reasons.

When may people think of a rose, they instantly think of the beauty and splendor of a fine fresh red rose. The red rose is the ultimate symbol and gift of love, affection and romance. It’s also considered the “universal rose” that can be given to your significant other for any occasion – Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, “Just Because” and so much more. And if you were wondering, “Yes”, guys like receiving red roses also! A red rose is the quintessential addition to any Valentine’s Day gift and can be given as a single rose or as a large bouquet.

White roses convey many different emotions and carry many different meanings. The white rose is usually first thought of as symbolizing purity. The color white is clean, crisp and pure. When thinking about a gift for a friend that shows loyalty, innocence and respect, a white rose is a perfect choice. When giving a white rose during Valentine’s Day, it shows pure and everlasting love.

When looking to provide a gift that is delicate, gentle and full of graceful emotion, a pink rose is a perfect choice. Pink roses have long been admired as a way to communicate heart-felt appreciation and gratitude. A pink rose can be used as a way to say “Thank You” along with saying that you appreciate the relationship with the person who is receiving the rose. A pink rose given during Valentine’s Day expresses the delicate joy felt within the relationship and also admiration of the one receiving it.

Yellow roses are a perfect way to express familiar love and appreciation of unwavering affection. Normally, yellow roses do not show deep and passionate love. Instead, they show the giver respects and is grateful for friendship and is determined to grow the relationship. During Valentine’s Day, yellow roses are given to express pure joy and happiness.

Not only can roses be given individually or within bouquets, but the colors can be mixed within a bouquet to not only create a beautiful and magnificent visual gift but also to deliver a full bouquet of emotions. As an example, you can mix red and white roses to express pure and intense love and that your love is forever. Sometimes, mixing roses simply says that you like someone so much that you decided to give them the most beautiful flower you could find! Whatever the reason, a rose (or rose bouquet) on Valentine’s Day is a perfect gift reserved for the perfect person.

Available Roses

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Here is some information about all our available Roses. (Please note, roses are seasonal and subject to availability, and all colors may not be available at time of ordering)

NEW We now also offer long-life single Preserved Roses as an alternative.

According to the Victorian “Language of flowers”, different colored roses each have their own symbolic meaning:

  • Red: love
  • Pink: grace, gentle feelings of love
  • Dark Pink: gratitude
  • Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
  • White: innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility
  • Yellow: Yellow roses generally mean dying love or platonic love. In German-speaking countries, however, they can mean jealousy and infidelity
  • Yellow with red tips: friendship, falling in love
  • Orange: passion
  • Burgundy: beauty
  • Blue: mystery
  • Green: calm
  • Black: slavish devotion (as a true black rose is impossible to produce)
  • Purple: protection (paternal/maternal love)

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At Send1Rose.com we use this universal symbolism in our choice of Roses, and only send a single Rose that denotes “simplicity”, a simple message. But, to avoid misinterpretation by the recipient, we always suggest making its meaning clear in the enclosed Note (if available).

The following are our normal range of Roses, but the selection may differ from time to time, depending on availability. You will be able to select from available Roses during checkout.


Single Red Rose
The most meaningful flower of all is considered to be the red rose. A single red rose is now usually used to send a message of love.

Victorian “Language of flowers” meanings:

  • I love you
  • Love, respect, beauty


Single White Rose
– A single white rose is used by someone that wants to say ‘I’m sorry’ to his/her significant other. It also has some other meanings. Since medieval times white roses are considered to be a symbol of light, purity and innocence, so sending a single white rose may also mean that you consider that person to be pure, or that your love is very pure.

Victorian “Language of flowers” meanings:

  • I am worthy of you
  • Innocence, purity, humility, secrecy, silence


Single Peach Rose
– A single peach rose is used to send a message of friendship to a best friend or even to a lover.

Victorian “Language of flowers” meanings:

  • Immortality
  • Modesty


Single Yellow Rose
– A single yellow rose expresses happiness and love. Sending a single yellow rose to your half means that you are happy with your love and relationship. But be careful because single yellow roses may have two meanings! They can also express jealousy, so sending someone one can mean that you are jealous. The best thing to do is to attach a note to the rose, explaining exactly what you mean.

Victorian “Language of flowers” meanings:

  • Jealousy
  • Joy, friendship


Single Purple Rose
– A single purple rose expresses beauty. So if you want to tell someone he/she is beautiful send him/her a single purple rose.

Victorian “Language of flowers” meanings:

  • Protection (paternal/maternal love)
  • Fallen in love at first sight


Single Pink Rose
– A single pink rose is an elegant way of thanking someone because this is what pink roses transmit: gratitude.

Victorian “Language of flowers” meanings:

  • Perfect happiness, secret love, grace & sweetness, indecision
  • Dark pink: thankfulness
  • Pale pink: grace, joy


Single Black Rose*
– A single black rose says ‘it is over’. This is a way of ending a relationship – sending a single black rose together with a note.

Victorian “Language of flowers” meanings:

  • Dark crimson: mourning


*Please note, a true black rose is impossible to produce, but there are some of such a deep red as to suggest black. e.g., Rosa ‘Black Magic’. We try and use a Rose as “black” as possible. As for the meaning? There is some disagreement on this point. Many say black represents death and can thus be used as a symbol to express vengeance towards a foe, or the ending of a relationship. But others interpret that more liberally, suggesting as a meaning for black roses the death of old habits, thus signalling rebirth. The best, when sending a Black Rose, is to express your intended meaning in the free Note Card.


Valentine's RoseOrdering for Valentine’s Day? Here are more modern meanings associated with Roses:

  • Red roses mean romantic love; they’re the “Valentine roses,” par excellence.
  • Purple, coral and orange challenge red as the color for Valentine roses. The rose color meanings for these 3 are as follows:
    • The specific purpose of purple roses is to signify that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight.
    • Meanwhile, coral and orange roses signal desire.
  • The meaning of yellow roses is joy and friendship.
  • We express our gratitude and appreciation with pink roses….
  • While feelings of admiration and sympathy find words with roses that are light pink in color.
  • Peach is more ambiguous, as it can signify either sympathy or gratitude.
  • Their purity naturally enough lends to white roses the meaning of reverence and humility.

More about Valentine’s Day.

Looking for inspiration? Have a look at our Rose Poetry, Quotes and Sayings!

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