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The Meaning of Roses

Bouquet of Roses

  • Pastel or pale blends represent sociability and friendship. 
  • Roses in mixed colors - means "You're everything to me".  A mixed-color bouquet carries all of the meanings of each individual rose.
  • Rosebuds symbolize beauty, youth and a heart innocent of love or: “You are young and beautiful.” 
  • Withered white roses can mean either of two things: fleeting beauty or “you made no impression.” A withered red rose means "I would rather die...our love is over." 
  • Hybrid tea roses say “I’ll remember you always”. 

Quantity of Roses

  • A single rose stands for simplicity and means you are the only one. In full bloom, it means “I love you” or “I love you still.” It can also symbolize love at first sight. 
  • Two roses taped or wired together to form a single stem represent a commitment, an engagement or coming marriage. They represent the mutual feeling that the bond between the two of you is inseparable and nothing can come between you. 
  • Six roses means I miss you. 
  • Seven roses signifies infatuation. 
  • A dozen roses means "I love you" and denotes gratitude for your presence. 
  • Eighteen roses means "I am sorry." 
  • Twenty-five roses mean congratulations. 
  • Fifty roses means unconditional love. 
  • A full rose placed over two buds signifies secrecy and a crown made of roses stands for reward or virtue.

The Color of Roses


Red roses - symbolize romance, beauty, respect, courage, passionate love and unity and are the most popular of all roses.  Also, red roses  stand for the creative spirit of love, the true love that is stronger than thorns. 

  • True red is the Lover’s rose. 
  • Amaranth red means long-standing desire, 
  • Cardinal red means sublime desire. 
  • Fiery red means flames of passion. 
  • Red rosebuds are meant to reflect the beauty of a young lover and mean “pure and lovely”. 
  • Red roses in full bloom say, "I love you still." 
  • Red & White roses together signify unity or togetherness. They are given when facing a challenging life event or to celebrate a strengthening relationship. 
  • Red and yellow blended means gaiety and loyalty, jovial and happy feelings.

Pink roses - stand for elegance, gracefulness, refinement, gentility, style and poetic romance but are combined with fun and light-heartedness. It is the rose of sweet thoughts and thank you's.

  • Dark pink stands for thank you, appreciation and gratitude. 
  • Light pink roses convey admiration, sympathy, gentleness, grace, gladness, joy, friendship and sweetness. 
  • The combination of red roses and pink roses stands for strong romance and passion. 
  • Dark Pink roses are symbolic of thankfulness
  • pale pink roses are a symbol of joy and grace.


Yellow roses - signify strong feelings of pure joy, gladness, freedom, happiness and friendship, but were once used to convey jealousy. Friendship is the main meaning of the yellow rose but it also signifies familiar love and domestic happiness. Yellow roses also symbolize fun and freedom. 

  • Today, the yellow rose is used to embrace a new beginning, apologize or express sympathy, and to say, "remember me", "I am sorry', or "I care." 
  • Yellow roses are appropriate for marking the beginning of a new life together or for starting all over again. 
  • A Yellow rose with red tip indicates friendship falling in love.


White roses represent unity, loyalty, reverence, humility, love stronger than death, sincerity, purity, silence and innocence as well as youthfulness. 

  • The white rose is sometimes called the "flower of light," meaning spiritual love and anticipation of happiness. 
  • White roses are also used to highlight the message of the other rose colors in a bouquet. 
  • White (Bridal) roses symbolize a happy love. 
  • White rosebuds can also signify girlhood or “too young to love.”



Peach roses - signify desire, anticipation, sincere appreciation and optimism for the future. 

Pale peach roses - a symbol of modesty.


Purple roses - enhancement, magnification, opulence, majesty and glory and mean I will always love you.


Lavender roses - symbolize caution and the need to proceed slowly and carefully with discretion.  Also, lavender roses are becoming widely accepted as representing love at first sight and enhancement. 


Lilac - the first emotions of love.


Burgundy roses - unconscious beauty. 


Coral roses signify desire.


Orange roses indicate enthusiasm, desire and fascination. The orange rose says, "I am proud of you!"

Dozen Yellow RosesWhat did I have at my wedding?  Yellow roses cascading around small white and blue flowers.

What is my favorite rose color?  Yellow - they have always been my favorite, even long before I knew the meanings.


If I missed anything, please feel free to email me so I can update the list and/or make a correction.

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