The Meanings Of The Colors Of Roses

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I love to send roses, especially at the times my sweetheart least expects them.  Until a few years ago, I had no idea that there were meanings attached to the colors of roses.  I don't know that anyone I sent roses to knew the meanings either.  But, just to be on the safe side, lets go through them.

I believe that this color code can apply to any flower - not just roses.

Red:  Love, Desire,  and Passion.  That one is pretty easy - I think we all know that one.  A single red rose expresses gratitude (that surprised me a bit).




Pink:  To indicate an interest, to flirt a bit, or to make a less bold statement than the bright red rose.  Pink can also convey admiration or simply joy.  Your recipient will probably know what you meant (if they know at all).




Orange:  Excitement!  Desire and Passion.  I think this color might indicate something more physical in a relationship as opposed to the more romantic/emotional meaning of red.




Yellow:  Friendship, joy, "I care," and lightheartedness.   You could send these to just about anyone.  I would guess it would be a nice color for someone who is ill and/or in the hospital.  It is certainly a sunny and cheery color.  Yellow roses that  have  a reddish tip indicate that you are transitioning from friendship to love.





White:  Purity, secrecy, silence.  It can also symbolize alarm.  This one seems a bit tricky to me.  Red and white, together, symbolize unity.  Now, that is a nice sentiment.




Lavender:  Love at first sight.  I think this is a great color and you could also use this color to tell your special someone that you have fallen in love with them.




Purple:  Pride or success.  Also, royalty. You could use this color for someone who has recently graduated, gotten a promotion, or otherwise has "done good."  That's my interpretation, anyway.




Black:  The black rose symbolizes death.  Ugh.  When would you send that to someone?
 


If you know of additional meanings or can add something of interest to the topic please leave a comment.


erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted May 12, 2012
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MaryRolle
That's a handy Page, Erick! Thanks.
MaryRolle (rep: 23) posted May 12, 2012
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Jameson99
I didn't know roses came in some of those colors.
Jameson99 (rep: 19) posted May 12, 2012
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encorez
roses mean one thing to me........$$$$$$
encorez (rep: 9.95k) posted May 12, 2012
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encorez
oh and the vampire is here also...
encorez (rep: 9.95k) posted May 12, 2012
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erick99
Encorez, my budget is tight so I go to Safeway where I can get a dozen red roses for ten bucks. I buy some babys breath for a dollar or two though they usually give it to me for free. I buy a vase for a buck or two. I arrange it myself. A dozen roses from a florist, including delivery, runs about $50 in my area. I deliver them myself but my total cost is about $13 or so. When I want to surprise her (we teach at the same school), I have the secretary open her office when she is teaching and I put them on her desk :) I can also go to her house when she is not home and put them where she will see them when she first gets home (though out of reach of her five flower-eating cats).
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted May 12, 2012
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encorez
I always joked about flowers with my ex-wife......I am blind when it comes to them.... really they all look the same to me..lol
encorez (rep: 9.95k) posted May 12, 2012
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erick99
Writing this page reminds me that I need to get some flowers together for tomorrow for my mom's gravesite and for my girlfriend.
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted May 12, 2012
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gangstabarbie
I'd like the white roses sent to my office please ;) thanks !
gangstabarbie (rep: 9.65k) posted May 12, 2012
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erick99
No problem barbie. I live in Maryland and I deliver them myself so how long of a drive am I looking at?
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted May 12, 2012
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encorez
^ get a room you two.......lol
encorez (rep: 9.95k) posted May 12, 2012
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arsiel
^ lol

I feel like white is something I'd see at a funeral. I'm no rose expert though.

As for orange... that's just a peculiar rose color :|
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted May 12, 2012
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lilywow
nice. Thanks for sharing.
lilywow (rep: 8.31k) posted May 12, 2012
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