Gorgeous Roses: The Meaning of Rose Colors [35 PICS]

February 12th, 2013 Permalink

Roses have been around for about 32 million years and it’s too true that “The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.” Roses are especially romantic, but if you ever give roses to someone, do you select the color based on that person’s favorite color, or yours? Or do you select roses based on the meaning and symbolism of the rose color? After hopping around on the web, it’s a bit confusing when you consider the diversity of meanings that rose colors can symbolize. Maybe if you can’t afford real roses, then you can send someone special this wide variety, a rainbow of colored virtual roses? [35 Photos]

Rainbow rose, red rose

The Rainbow rose originally had the 7 colors of the rainbow, but now there are rainbow roses that are “tropical” with combinations of red/pink and yellow, and the ocean variant with combinations of green and blue. They are sometimes called happy roses or tie dye roses and while they don’t have a specific meaning like other color roses, in a quirky way it sort of combines all the symbolism of each color that you’ll see below. Photo #1 by Kurtis Garbutt

Romance, red rose, newspaper, breakfast in bed

Romance, red rose, newspaper, and breakfast in bed. A single red rose says “I love you.” Photo #2 by Rita M.


If you give a pink roses with no thorns, then it is supposed to mean that you have loved the person ever since you laid eyes on him or her, symbolizing love at first sight

If you give a pink roses with no thorns, then it is supposed to mean that you have loved the person ever since you laid eyes on him or her, symbolizing love at first sight. If it has thorns, then a dark pink rose (or magenta or fuchsia) can mean appreciation, gratitude, or thank you. Photo #3 by Wallpapers1920x1200

Yellow roses can mean friendship and 'I care' as well as joy, gladness, delight, a 'promise of a new beginning,' welcome back, remember me, and even jealousy

Yellow roses can mean friendship and ‘I care’ as well as joy, gladness, delight, a ‘promise of a new beginning,’ welcome back, remember me, and even jealousy. Maybe you are supposed to guess which meaning the yellow rose the sender had in mind? Photo #4 by Thomas Hawk

Blue roses with water droplets

Blue roses with water droplets. While not found like this in nature, a blue rose signifies the impossible, the unattainable. Photo #5 by amazing pictures of the flowers

White roses as a bridal bouquet symbolizes happy love

White roses as a bridal bouquet stands for happy love. Photo #6 by WallspapersCraft

A red rosebud is symbolic of purity and loveliness

This is a red tiger stripe rose. Meanings by the number: A single rose symbolizes utmost devotion. 6 roses are supposed to signify a need to be loved or cherished; 11 roses are meant assure the recipient they are truly and deeply loved. 13 roses are meant to indicate that the recipient has a secret admirer. Photo #7 by lehcar1477

Pink roses can mean appreciation, admiration, gentleness, grace, thank you, perfect happiness, and please believe me

Pink roses can mean appreciation, admiration, gentleness, grace, “thank you,” perfect happiness, and “please believe me.” Photo #8 by HD Wallpapers

A purple rose may mean enchantment or enthrallment to convey love at first sight

A purple rose may mean enchantment or enthrallment to convey love at first sight. It can also mean opulence, glory and majesty. Photo #9 by wallpola

White rose and strawberries

White rose and strawberries. Any single rose, no matter the color, might also mean gratitude or simplicity. Photo #10 by elbfoto

A white rosebud is symbolic of girlhood, while a red rosebud is symbolic of purity and loveliness

A white rosebud is symbolic of girlhood, while a red rosebud is symbolic of purity and loveliness. Photo #11 by thekhong

Beautiful multicolored bouqet of roses for you, Happy Valentine's Day

If no one gets you roses for Valentine’s Day, then here is a beautiful multicolored (virtual) bouquet of roses just for you. Photo #12 by allgamewallpapers

Red roses overall can mean love, beauty, courage and respect, romantic love, congratulations, I love you, sincere love, respect, courage, passion and even job well done

“The rose is a flower of love. The world has acclaimed it for centuries. Pink roses are for love hopeful and expectant. White roses are for love dead or forsaken, but the red roses, ah the red roses are for love triumphant,” ~ author unknown. Red roses come in many different shades that happen to change the meaning somewhat. Red roses overall can mean love, beauty, courage and respect, romantic love, congratulations, “I love you,” sincere love, respect, courage, passion and even “job well done.” Photo #13 by hdw

A Swedish Proverbs If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I'd be picking roses for a lifetime

“If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime,” ~ Swedish Proverb. Photo #14 by I write a lot

A coral rose symbolizes desire

A coral rose symbolizes desire, passion. Photo #15 by HD Wallpapers

Double delight tea rose, all tea roses mean I'll always remember you

Double delight tea rose, all tea roses mean ‘I’ll always remember you.’ Photo #16 by Jebulon

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose ~  Kahlil Gibran

Beauty in the snow. “The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose,” ~ quote by Kahlil Gibran. Photo #17 by Desktop Nexus

Both the shade of pink as well as the quantity of roses alters the symbolism

Differing shades of pink roses convey different messages. Pink roses are generally given to those whom you want to show thankfulness, admiration, and happiness. Dark pink means appreciation and gratitude; light pink shows admiration and sympathy. Photo #18 by travelimg

An orange rose means Enthusiasm, Desire, Fascination

An orange rose means enthusiasm, desire or fascination. Photo #19 by D. Sharon Pruitt

A green rose means calm, fertility, fruitfulness

A green rose means calm, fertility, fruitfulness. Photo #20 by Rebecca Barray

Unconscious beauty is symbolized by both dark red and deep burgundy roses

Droplets of water on a deep burgundy rose; the “dark red” color means unconscious beauty. Photo #21 by fanpop

Black roses do not exist in nature

Black roses do not exist in nature, but a dark red or dark purple rose can be deepened to “black” by placing a dark rose in a vase of water mixed with black ink. Other roses can be blackened by other methods like burning. A black rose means death or farewell. We’ve also seen them given at an “over the hill” 50th birthday party ;-p. Photo #22 by lubpedia

Light pink roses can mean sweetness, admiration, sympathy, gentleness, grace, gladness, joy

Light pink roses can mean admiration, sympathy, gentleness, grace, gladness, joy and sweetness. Photo #23 by Thomas Hawk

Yellow and white roses combined symbolize harmony

Yellow and white roses combined symbolize harmony. Photo #24 by globalattrations

Red and yellow roses symbolize jovial and happy feelings

When you combine red and yellow roses, then it is supposed to be an expression of happiness and general jovial feelings. Photo #25 by Bayral

Roses that are yellow with red tip mean friendship or falling in love

Roses that are yellow with a red tip mean friendship or falling in love. That difference could definitely send mixed signals . . . give one to your best friend and he or she might wonder if you are falling in love with them? Photo #26 by Rojer

Peach roses can mean appreciation, closing the deal, let’s get together, sincerity, gratitude

Peach roses can mean appreciation, closing the deal, let’s get together, sincerity, gratitude. Photo #27 by free HD wallpapers

The combination of white roses and red roses symbolizes unity or an engagement

The combination of white roses and red roses symbolizes unity or an engagement. Photo #28 by TechJost

Yellow and orange roses given together symbolize passionate ideas

Yellow and orange roses given together symbolize passionate ideas. Photo #29 by High Definition Wallpapers

Two roses that are entwined, regardless of color, mean Marry Me

Two roses that are entwined, regardless of color, mean “Marry me.” Photo #30 by Steve James

A dozen dead roses in any color say It's over

While you can probably think of less expensive ways to go about this, 12 dead roses in any color say “It’s over!” Photo #31 by David Flam

Purple roses according to a florist are usually for a funeral or condolences

Once upon a time, I gave purple roses based on the person’s favorite color. Not only were they extremely difficult to get hold of in winter, the florist tried to talk me out of because he said they are usually connected to funerals and condolences. At any rate, it was well-received by the person who loved purple roses. Photo #32 by Thomas Hawk

Red rose just for you

A single red rosebud, I love you or symbolic of loveliness and purity? “My love is like a rose divided into two, the leaves I give to others, but the rose I give to you,” ~ author unknown. Photo #33 by Parvin

One single red rose shows love; a dozen red roses show gratitude. 25 red roses mean congratulations and a bouquet of 50 red roses show unconditional love

We’ve seen how different shades of red roses symbolize different things, but the quantity have a special specific meaning. Different sources, give different meanings and here is another popular version: 1 red rose shows love; 12 red roses show gratitude. 25 red roses mean congratulations and a bouquet of 50 red roses show unconditional love (and possibly a busted piggy bank). Photo #34 by Zahira

Tie-dyed Valentine's Day gift, rainbow roses

Tie-dyed Valentine’s Day, rainbow roses. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you . . . I could walk through my garden forever,” ~ quote by Alfred Tennyson. Photo #35 by Charles Rodstrom


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