Roses and their Meaning

While every flower has a wonderful story to tell, the rose stands alone in its abundant history and color meaning. So much so that we could not resist giving it a little preferential treatment and dedicating a separate space to its rich symbolism.

Used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words, roses have long been a symbol of confidentiality - the Latin expression sub rosa literally "under the rose") means something told in secret.

Yellow Roses

Regardless of color, their unique beauty and subtle fragrance convey a message guaranteed to elicit delight from the recipient and envy from others. If you are looking for a way to add a little extra sentiment to your silent message of affection, here is a list of the meanings associated with the different colors of roses.

For poems about red roses check: roses are red poems.

And for other flowers meaning please check:Each flower meaning.

Rose Meanings

Red Roses Meaning

Red Roses

There is nothing secret about the red rose symbolism of love. Valentine Day would hardly exist without this bold and dramatic bloom. The ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion, the red rose also conveys respect and the creative spirit of love. Representing true love stronger than thorns, the red rose is known universally as the lover rose.

White Roses Meaning

Representing, humility, purity and innocence, the white rose - often referred to as the bridal rose - is associated with young love. In Scotland, when the white rose bloomed in autumn, it was seen as a token of early marriage. Also symbolizing truth and reverence, it sends a message of loyalty and says "I am worthy of you."

White Roses

Yellow Roses Meaning

While in Victorian times, the yellow rose symbolized jealousy, today it represents friendship, joy and caring. A bouquet of these sun-filled blossoms conveys warmth, gladness and affection.

Pink Roses Meaning

Pink Roses

Symbolizing gentility, femininity, elegance and refinement, the pink rose also carries additional meanings depending on its hue. A deep pink conveys gratitude and appreciation, while pale shades connote grace and gentleness, admiration and happiness.

Orange Rose Meaning

With their warm, vibrant tones, orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and desire. If you are looking for a way to express admiration and attraction - with an underlying message of passion and excitement - then send a bouquet filled with these fiery blooms.

Orange Roses

Lilac and Purple Rose Meaning

Lilac Roses

Thought to be almost mystical in nature, with symbolism tied to enchantment, desire and even proceeding cautiously, it is not surprising that lilac and purple roses send a message of love at first sight.

Multi Colored Roses

In some instances - usually when mixing red with another color rose - you can send additional messages with your choice of bouquet. 

For example, a combination of red and yellow roses conveys gaiety and happiness, while a mix of red and white roses symbolizes unity.

Vase of Roses

Wholesale rose information

The optimist see the rose and not it's thorns

Classic flower arrangement

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. - Quotes Ziggy quotes

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall. - Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt