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Roses: The Most Symbolic and Flawless Flowers of All Time

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

When we think of roses most of us consider it as a symbol of romance and love. However, this beauty of a flower can be used to express many emotions and communicate sincerity for an array of occasions from personal to professional. Typically, a well-informed florist should be able to help you with finding the right rose for your occasion. Although, taking the time to learn some of the symbolism and history of this versatile and enchanting flower is well worth it.

A few symbolic meanings that the rose represents are beauty, balance, devotion, faith, honor, intrigue, love, passion, sensuality, and timelessness. The rose’s symbolism goes well beyond descriptive language and plays a role in numerology as well. The Christians used the five petals of the rose as reference to the five wounds of Christ. It would later be associated with the Virgin Mary and then eventually used to represent the blood of Christian martyrs. Additionally, in medieval times, a rose with seven petals represented order, understanding, and inclusion on a universal level. The Freemasons used 3 roses symbolically to represent their guiding principles: the first rose was love, the second, life, and the last rose represented light.

Not only do roses have historical meaning in numerology, but their many different colors represent separate emotions and relational meanings. For instance, take the pink rose for example. This color of rose is often given as one’s expression for admiration. It can also represent healing, first love, elegance, appreciation and happiness. Then, there is the yellow rose. This gorgeous color of the rose is commonly meant to indicate true friendship but other meanings include joy and mature love. Next, we have the white rose. White roses represent purity, sanctity, and new beginnings such as with weddings. Also, arrangements of white roses are often used to express remembrance. Love at first sight and enchantment is communicated through the use of lavender roses. Orange roses will often symbolize energy and excitement in a passionate sense. Last but not least, we have the well-known red rose. As previously acknowledged, this color symbolizes romance and love. However, the red rose also indicates beauty, perfection and deep feelings for that special someone.

Since ancient times the rose has placed its mark on many societies. In Greek mythology, the rose is associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. England even adopted the rose as its national flower. In the U.S., New York, Georgia, Iowa, and North Dakota claim the rose as their state flower. In American football we have the Rose Bowl each year. Cities of several states in the U.S., such as Portland, Oregon and Pasadena, California, have annual rose festivals. The list goes on as to the extent roses have left their impression on us as a society. A flower like no other, roses will continue to be a part of our lives and be used to represent the feelings of our hearts and the thoughts of our minds forever.

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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)

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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.

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

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