Roses are Red and many other colors
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet.
Rose Colors and Their Symbolic Meanings
A rose is not just a rose. Since ancient times roses have been grown for the fragrance and the beauty and symbolism they represent.
History of The Rose
The ancient Greeks and Romans connected the symbolism of the rose to Aphrodite and Venus, the goddess of love. Roses have been used through the ages to convey messages without words and often in confidence. Secret admirer, anyone??? The Latin expression “sub rosa” means under the rose. And in Ancient Rome, a single wild rose was placed on the door of a room where confidential matters were being discussed.
So here are the rose colors and their meanings.
The Lover’s Rose
The Lover’s Rose is usually red. It signifies enduring passion. And it can also symbolize romance, beauty and courage. A thornless red rose can mean love at first sight.
The Innocent Rose
Is the white Rose. It stands for innocence and purity. And silence, secrecy and reverence.
The Friendship Rose
Is yellow in color and represents both friendship and joy. It can also represent new beginnings.
The Gratitude Rose
Is a pink rose. Dark pink roses are for gratitude, and appreciation. Light pink roses can be used to represent sympathy and admiration.
The Appreciation and Admiration Rose
Is the orange rose. Fascination and desire can also be represented by the orange rose.
The Enthusiasm and Desire Rose
Is a white lilac rose. White buds can symbolize girlhood. Brides will likely use these buds for their bouquets.
The Enchantment and Love at First Sight Rose
Is usually purple in color. True love and long term love are usually expressed with darker purple roses while lavender roses represent love at first sight.
The Unattainable Love Rose
Not found in nature, blue roses represent the unrequited love that can never be.. sniff sniff. (tissue please).
The Stability Rose
Also not found in nature, the green rose represents calm, balance and stability. It an also represent fertility. Green roses are meant to offer good luck.
The Unicorn Rose
Multicolored beauty and an not made in nature, these kaleidoscope petals are the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, and any special occasion as they symbolize happiness and joy.
Number of Stems
The number of stems also has significance. Eight to Twelve stems represents a small bouquet. While Eighteen to Twenty stems are considered a medium arrangement.
So now that you know each rose colors meaning, why not hit the florist? And show your appreciation for someone with sweet smelling roses.