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The Meaning Of A Solitary Rose

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Because a single rose is able to symbolize all manifestations of love, it is the flower of choice for most.

A single rose says it so much better!

This non-verbal language of a solitary rose translates into any language, and transcends all barriers. It’s also very useful for guys who often can’t find the right words to convey their love. πŸ™‚


  • A single rose can say “I Love You.”
  • A solitary rose can say “I’m Jealous.”
  • A single rose can say “I’m Sorry.”
  • One rose can say “It’s Over.”
  • A single rose can say “Thank You.”
  • A solitary rose can say “We’re Friends Forever.”
  • One rose can say “You Are Beautiful.”
  • A solitary rose can say “You are Pure.”
  • A single rose can say “You Bring Joy to My Life.”

… and much more!

Single Red Rose

But what do the different colors of a single rose mean?

  • Most people already know that a single red rose simply means “Love”.
  • One solitary yellow rose generally means dying love or platonic love. But in some countries it can also symbolize jealousy and infidelity, so watch out!
  • Get a blue rose to tell someone he/she is a mystery to you (“mysterious”).
  • A green rose conveys calm.
  • Guys, if you screw up, send a single white rose – it says “sorry”! But it can also mean innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility.
  • If you can get your hands on one black rose*, it will tell the recipient that you have a slavish devotion for him/her (as a true black fresh rose is impossible to produce). But, be careful, as some people also use a black rose to send a message that a relationship is over!
  • A solitary burgundy rose tells the other party you find them very beautiful.
  • If you’d like to show your passion for your lover, get a single orange rose.
  • One yellow rose with red tips symbolizes friendship, or falling in love.
  • To show admiration or sympathy, give a light pink rose.
  • When you send someone a purple rose, it conveys protection (paternal/maternal love).
  • A solitary pink rose conveys grace and gentle feelings of love.
  • If you wish to thank someone, you can send one dark pink rose, as it symbolizes gratitude.

Tip: Always attach a card to your single rose, explaining the meaning behind it – just to be on the safe side. πŸ˜‰

*Often, fresh-cut roses may not be available in all the colors (particularly, black), so a good idea is to then give a single preserved rose or solitary sprayed novelty rose instead.

Available Roses

Sunday, December 16th, 2012
Order a Single Rose Now!

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 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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About the Rose

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Probably the world’s most well-known and popular flower, the rose has a place in history, culture and literature, unequaled by any other plant.

There are hundreds (perhaps, even, 1000’s) of species and varieties of roses, consisting of shrubs, trailing plants, compacts, hybrids, mini roses, 20ft climbers, and more! Not to mention the hundreds of available color varieties, sure to please everyone’s taste.

Roses are well-loved as exquisite perfumed ornamental plants, both outdoors and indoors, but it’s their cut-flowers that has made them popular throughout the ages. Fact is, a rose can say so much without words and, often, words are unnecessary or, indeed, would be redundant, superfluous or, even, detrimental. So instead, opt for roses to convey the message you can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t give, and let the fragrant beauty of the rose do it for you. Rose meanings are well-understood, especially since Victorian times, and the symbolism of the right rose color will be instantly understood.

No wonder the rose has inspired so many poets, and enchanted so many hearts. πŸ˜‰

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