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Rose Colour Meanings and What They Symbolise

| Shirlyn Ting

Rose Colour Meanings and What They Symbolise

Roses are a universal symbol of love and passion. In fact, the ancient Romans and Greeks associated roses with their goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. 

To this day, it's common for individuals to gift their partners with roses as a token of their love, loyalty, affection and devotion. However, roses are also a symbol of secrecy and confidentiality, and in ancient Rome, individuals would place roses on the door of meeting rooms where private, confidential issues were being discussed. 

You may also be interested to learn that different colour roses have different meanings and that not all rose colours signify romantic feelings. Read on to learn what each colour symbolises and how you can convey your true feelings.

Pink Roses 

Pink Roses

Pink roses generally signify feminine qualities such as grace, sophistication and elegance. Typically, pale pink roses represent gentleness, joy and admiration while darker pink roses convey appreciation. 

While spouses and partners often gift pink flowers to their romantic partners to show them how much they love them, pink roses don't always signify romance and can be gifted to grandmothers, mothers, daughters, granddaughters and platonic friends as pink roses don't convey the same fiery passion and romance as traditional red roses and usually have a much purer connotation. 

Often pink roses are gifted to individuals as thank you gifts or birthday gifts. They are the perfect gift for Mother's Day. 

Red Roses

Red Roses

Ah, a classic in floriculture. 

The primary meaning of red roses is easy to guess. Red roses represent romantic love and are usually gifted from one romantic partner to another. 

Particularly on Valentine's day, when red roses are often in scarce demand and skyrocket in price. 

As red roses are a symbol of intense, passionate, romantic love, they are also commonly gifted as a token of affection during anniversary celebrations. They celebrate deep love and adoration. 

In some cases, red roses can also signify heated desire. From time to time, red roses are also associated with secret passions and are gifted by secret admirers.

 

White Roses

White Roses

White roses are also associated with romantic love; however, they have a much purer intention than red roses and are usually associated with weddings. 

For example, many brides choose to carry a bouquet of white roses down the aisle to signify the purity of their love and devotion for their future spouse. As white roses are often associated with weddings, they can represent fresh, new beginnings. 

White roses are also connected with spirituality, and it's not uncommon for white roses to be displayed in places of worship such as in churches and temples. 

Lastly, white roses can also convey pure virtues such as innocence and grace. They are usually sent as sympathy flowers to a family in mourning.

 

Blue Roses

Blue Roses

Blue roses typically don't signify romantic feelings and often convey mystery, imagination and wishing. 

As blue roses don't naturally exist in nature and were created using scientific manipulation, roses sometimes symbolise the unobtainable and dreams that will never be fulfilled. 

On a more positive note, blue roses can signify triumph and achieving seemingly impossible feats against the odds. 

While blue roses aren't typically associated with love or romance, occasionally blue roses are gifted romantically in order to represent love at first sight or unrequited love. 

Blue rose bouquets take a unique twist on the traditional red bouquet. If you want to gift your recipient a unique yet classy bouquet, get creative and go with one that contains blue roses. 



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