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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. public domain
In Victorian times, people conveyed meaning by the color of flowers they gave.
In Victorian times, people conveyed meaning by the color of flowers they gave. public domain
  • 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.