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What do the color of roses mean?

Since ancient times plants and flowers had significance according to color. A whole message could be conveyed just by looking at a bouquet, an interesting thought not only on Valentine's Day. Here are the meanings behind colors of roses.

A single red rose, a perfect symbol of love.
A single red rose, a perfect symbol of love.
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In Victorian times, people conveyed meaning by the color of flowers they gave.
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  • Representing true love, the red rose is known universally as the lover’s rose.
  • Representing purity and innocence, the white rose is associated with young love.
  • Yellow roses represents friendship, joy and caring and conveys warmth, gladness and affection. In Victorian times, however, it depicted jealousy.
  • A deep pink rose says gratitude and appreciation, and pale pink shades depict grace and gentleness, admiration and happiness.
  • Orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and desire, admiration and attraction - with an underlying message of passion and excitement.
  • Purple or violet roses are mystical in nature, with symbolism tied to enchantment and desire, it’s not surprising that lilac and purple send a message of love at first sight.

Perhaps a perfect Valentine's Day gift for the gardener you love would be colorful rose bushes, expressing your love and devotion.