A comprehensive guide to the colour of Roses - what do they mean and what is their symbol?

The classic Rose. The Rose has always been the go-to flower for sending a heartfelt message – through the ages coveted for its simple beauty and intoxicating fragrance.

Roses are a great token of affection and mostly symbolized with love, however depending on their colour they can have different meanings as well.

Whether you are selecting a rose for a friend, family member or a special someone, picking the perfect rose colour can be a great way to send a message using no words at all.

Keeping in mind that roses come in all shades of colours, we understand that it can be overwhelming at times to pick the right colour for your rose.

 

Let's get started:

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White Roses

The White Rose represents purity and innocence and reflects new beginnings. While white roses are mainly a favorite of brides, they are also often used for a sign of respect or remembrance.

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Cream Roses

Cream Roses signify gracefullness and thoughtfullness. As charming as their white cousin, they are a nice way to show that you care without romantic implications.

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Yellow Roses

Yellow Roses are popular to symbolize friendship. They represent delight and affection, but also tend to be used to wish good luck, welcome back or remember me.

Did you know that these meanings are quite modern? Back in the day yellow roses actually were thought to express jealousy and infidelity. 

Luckily that has changed over the decades!

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Yellow Roses with Red Tips

This yellow Rose with Red Tips combines the passion of a red rose with the vibrancy of yellow. The thought behind those roses promote cheerfulness and happiness.

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Peach Roses

Peach Roses stand for modesty, genuineness, and sincerity. They transfer gratitude or sympathy or a message as simple as a “thank you”. Usually given to a loved one or close friend.

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Salmon Roses

Salmon Roses will often convey the same message as orange roses. They symbolize the same way desire, fascination, enthusiasm and energy. 

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Coral Roses

This color of rose has a special meaning; it signifies enthusiasm and design. This is a perfect rose to give someone you are excited to get to know, or would like to spend time with. It can be a fun, thrilling enthusiasm, or a patient, temperate desire, only you and they will know!

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Orange Roses

With suggestions of fire, citrus, and glowing sunsets, orange roses make the perfect summertime bloom. Unique and vibrant, these tangerine blossoms have a way of bringing invigorating energy to any joyful summer occasion. The perfect mix of contemporary and classic, this relatively new rose variety is a gift that is sure to light up someone’s day.

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Pink Roses

A classic symbol of grace and elegance, the pink rose is often given as a token of admiration and appreciation. They are the gentlest of roses and relay that message through their grace. Whether they’re for your best friend, fiancée or ever-dependable co-worker, a pink rose bouquet will create a bright spot in a special someone’s day.
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Dark Pink Roses

A dark pink is a way of saying thank you for showing your appreciation, whereas a pale pink indicates gentleness, especially when given for more sympathetic occasions.
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Red Roses

Long associated with beauty and perfection, red roses are a time-honored way to say “I love you.” Red roses convey passion and a strong romantic love for another person. Whether it’s for a birthday, Valentine’s Day or just to express appreciation on any day, there’s no better way than a bouquet of red roses to share your feelings.
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Burgundy Roses

Burgundy roses are strong in their meaning: unconscious beauty. Burgundy is a true deep red color that will represent your passion and desire for whoever you give them to.
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Lavender Roses

Symbolizing enchantment and splendor, these blooms are meant for royalty. One of the rarest colors, lavender roses are often a sign of love at first sight and carry an air of regality. Truly the perfect rose for a budding romance.
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Dark Purple Roses

Purple roses primarily stand for enchantment. The giver of the purple rose seeks to convey that he or she has fallen in love with the recipient at the very first sight. A deep magnetism and charm that makes the recipient almost irresistible is what the purple rose seeks to convey. The very first meeting has totally enticed the sender of these flowers, who simply cannot resist the object of his desire.
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Green Roses

The green rose signifies the constant rejuvenation of spirit and fertility. It can symbolize richness, abundance, and bounty. Green roses are a sign of plenty and copiousness. Green is also a very pleasing color and is often said it can impart a sense of balance, stability, and peace to the human mind.
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Mint Roses

Mint green roses signify fertility, cheerfulness and new beginnings. This makes mint green roses the perfect gift for expectant parents, parents with a newborn, or anyone else who is embarking on a change in their life- like switching jobs, or moving. New beginnings do not have to mean a baby.
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Blue Roses

Blue roses are associated with different meanings. Roses, in general, are most linked to love and romance. But, as with most other species of flowers, the different colors symbolize different things. For blue roses, the symbolism can be determined based on the shade of blue that is presented.

As the general rose is associated with love, the blue rose can be commonly associated with unrequited love or true love. Possibly, true love that sadly only goes one way.

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Black Roses

The magic of black flowers has attracted our attention for centuries. Black roses appear to originate from a fairytale world. Their improbable and “unnatural” color inspires a powerful feeling of mystical expectation.

The color black has always been synonymous with death and mourning. It is thus the color of sadness and farewell. So, many people consider black roses to symbolize bereavement, loss and mortality. They are often used at funerals. A single black rose might be sent by a close friend and/or loved one leaving for a war or on a journey from which he did not expect to return.

But, a more positive meaning does exist for the black rose. It is true that black is the color of death. But death does not always cause mourning. It can also be the beginning of new things, a journey into unexplored territory.

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Rainbow Roses

If you’ve been wrecking your brain for a gift idea that’s bright, energetic, colourful, and fun, you’ve found it in a bouquet of Rainbow Roses. These fantastic blooms are sure to plaster a smile on the recipient. Heck, even the sender or anyone within a five-kilometre radius is guaranteed a great day too!
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Mixed Coloured Roses

When you combine a mix of colored roses you can send multiple or slightly different messages. For example, a combination of red and yellow roses conveys happiness and cheerfulness, while a mix of red and white roses can symbolize unity, making that combination a popular choice for weddings.
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