The Language of Roses

Did you know roses have meanings according to color? If not, then this article’s for you. It’s true, not all roses are created equally. In fact, when you give someone a bouquet of roses, the color of the flowers is supposed to symbolize a message from you. Brush up on your Rose 101, or you might inadvertently send someone the wrong signal.

Here are the color meanings that ‘floriographers’ agree on when it comes to roses:

red True love
blue Mystery, attaining the impossible, love at first sight
white Innocence, virtue, purity, reverence, humility
black Death, hatred, farewell, rejuvenation or rebirth
yellow Friendship, jealousy, infidelity, apology, broken heart
pink Grace, friendship
dark pink Gratitude
light pink Desire, passion, joy of life, youth, energy
burgundy Unconscious beauty
orange Desire, passion
purple Love at first sight
red + white United
red + yellow
Joy, happiness and excitement


Just a little something to keep in mind, next time you decide to send a bouquet of roses. For more on the meanings of roses, visit Flower Dictionary. Happy Zoosking!

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