The meanings of different coloured roses on Valentines Day

By Alex N

 What are the meanings of different coloured roses?
Roses are the traditional gift given on Valentines Day, although they’re certain to be well-received any time of year. But before you buy roses, know what message you’re sending.  The colour of a rose can have a very different meaning from what you intend. To ensure that your loved one understands what the roses you bestow mean, check the MyGardenSchool guide to rose colours and their meanings:

Red Roses
Red roses declare “I love you.” They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. Florists can’t keep up with Valentines Day demand for red roses, which makes them especially expensive in February.

Red Roses on Pinterest
Pale Pink Roses
Pale pink roses connote grace, gentleness, and gratitude.
Light Pink Roses
A delight to behold, light pink roses express fun and happiness.

Pink Roses on Pinterest

Deep Pink Roses
Deep pink roses say “Thank you.” They have also come to be associated with the fight against breast cancer.

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Yellow Roses

Yellow roses indicate friendship and freedom — so don’t send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting. Yellow roses are also appropriate for sending congratulations to newlyweds, graduates, Texans, Indian Restaurants and grandmas.

Yellow Rose on Pinterest

Lilac Roses
Lilac roses indicate the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted.

Lavendar roses on Pinterest

White Roses
Pure white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also send other messages: “I miss you” and “You’re heavenly.”

White Roses on Pinterest

Peach Roses
Peach roses speak of appreciation and gratitude.  Although some peach roses I find a bit much.  And they remind me of 1970s puddings like Instant Whip and Angel Delight.  Luckily not everyone feels like me.

Peach Rose on Pinterest

Coral Roses
Coral roses express one thing with their passionate color: Desire.  (Or that the garage had run out of red ones)

Coral Rose on Pinterest

Orange Roses
Orange roses communicate enthusiasm and desire on the part of the sender.

Dead Roses
Regardless of the original color, dead roses say “It’s over” loud and clear.  Does anyone really send someone else dead roses?!  Tell us if you’ve ever had them

Dead Roses Pinterest

Put two or more colors of roses together, and a new rose meaning arises:

White Roses + Yellow Roses
A symbol of harmony.

Red Roses + Yellow Roses
A message of happiness and celebration.

Red Roses + White Roses
An indication of bonding and harmony.

While roses are traditionally presented in bouquet form, these are also acceptable

Single Red Rose
“I love you” (but I’m not going to go broke telling you).

Single Rose Any Color
“I thank you” (and I’m still not going to go broke saying so).

Two Roses Entwined
An engagement or marriage is imminent.

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Alex N

I'm passionate about online learning, and lucky enough to work for Learning with Experts. Most recent course: The Pie Shop with River Cottage's Tom Morrell. Next course: Container Gardening with Chris Beardshaw.

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