Pick the right colour of roses

Roses are red and violets are blue…

but actually, roses can also be blue, pink, orange, or even black. And that’s just the beginning. These beautiful flowers come in many different colours, both naturally and with the help of dye. So, which should you choose?

Red roses: Love

Red is one of the most common and popular rose colours. The red rose is a symbol of beauty, passion, desire, and romantic love. The red rose was originally associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Myth holds that when her lover, Adonis, was wounded, she pricked her foot on the thorns of a white rose in her haste to run to him. Her blood stained the roses red, turning the red rose into a symbol of incredible passion and romantic devotion. Legend also has it that Cleopatra seduced Mark Antony in a room fully covered in red rose petals.

Yellow roses: Friendship

For those that are looking for a way to show their appreciation to a dear one, you can suggest yellow Roses. Yellow symbolises happiness, activeness, and energy. Mix them with blue Delphiniums, Eryngium Thistle and Asparagus Falcatus to get a striking, contrasting bouquet!

“This cheerful hue declares, ‘You’re a great friend.’” You might want to stay away from yellow if you are in a romantic relationship, though, as some people claim they represent jealousy and infidelity. 

White roses: Innocence, Purity & new beginning

Historically, in terms of rose colour meaning, white has represented virginity and innocence. It is also known as the “bridal flower,” points out Palomares, as weddings signify new beginnings. But even if you aren’t ready for marriage, this rose may be the right one for your relationship. 

Because of its associations with purity, spirituality, and new beginnings, the white rose is an appropriate funeral flower.

However, it’s also a common wedding flower due to its association with marriage and deep love. Cream roses are considered particularly bridal.

White roses are also appropriate for religious occasions like baptisms and confirmations.

Deep Pink roses; Gratitude

Pink roses have a pretty broad range of symbolic associations. In general, pink roses symbolise admiration, gentleness, dignity, elegance, innocence, and happiness. 

Different shades of pink can convey different shades of meaning. Paler pink roses signify grace and sweetness. Deeper pink roses convey gratitude.

They symbolise gratitude, grace, and joy, and they’re a much gentler option than red. For example, while red signifies passionate love, think of pink as more of a token of admiration. In terms of which pink to choose, when you want to tell your best friend how thankful you are for the bond you share, deep pink roses are a fantastic choice, as they indicate happiness and gratitude.

Orange roses: fascination 

Fiery orange roses send a strong message of fascination, passion, enthusiasm, attraction, and desire. Coral roses in particular signify desire.

We already know that red roses represent deep love and that yellow ones represent friendship. Since orange is a combo of the two, think about it as a bridge between them. Indicative of passion, energy, and fascination, these vibrant flowers show your Valentine that you want your friendship to go to the next level.

Purple roses; Love at first sight

Purple roses are very special and intriguing and have deep symbolic meaning. Purple roses symbolise enchantment and the mystical. Pale purple or lavender-colored roses send a message of “love at first sight.” Deeper purple roses convey majesty and royalty, adoration, and fascination.

Purple roses are more akin to fleeting infatuation than a long and loving relationship,” according to 1-800Flowers.com. However, sending purple roses could be a foot in the door to more lasting feelings of love, paving the way for future gifts of pink, red, and orange roses. Just FYI, some purple roses are dyed, while others are cross-bred from naturally occurring colours.

Peach roses: Thank you

Peach roses communicate sincerity and gratitude. They can also mark the closing of a deal or agreement. They have an alternative meaning of sympathy. Pale peach roses mean modesty.

This colour is known for showing thanks and expressing gratitude, and it represents the genuineness of your feelings, says Palomares. These flowers are also a thoughtful way to show sympathy for a friend or family member.

Additionally, they are a good choice for a sympathy bouquet to someone who has just lost a loved one.

Blue roses: Mystery

True blue roses are not found in nature. Natural roses that are considered “blue” are actually a blue-toned purple. However, blue roses can also be obtained by dying white roses. Because they can’t be obtained naturally, blue roses symbolise the unattainable and the mysterious.

Blue roses have come to represent mystery, the impossible, or the unattainable. If you want to let someone know they are one-of-a-kind, then a bouquet of blue roses is a good bet.

Black roses: death and goodbye

Black roses are another colour that is not found in nature. Natural roses that are called “black” are actually a very dark red or purple colour. True black roses can only be obtained through dyeing. Black roses symbolise death, rebirth, and goodbye.

Black roses are probably the most complicated to decipher. Heavily featured in fictional stories over the centuries, they have come to represent everything from mystery and mysticism to death and mourning. While some of their meanings may be negative, they are also unique and can look totally chic in the right arrangement, making them a good choice for non-traditionalists—like those who claim they aren’t super into Valentine’s Day.


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