The Real Meanings Behind 11 Rose Colors

If you’re not sure what kind of roses to send your special someone check out these rose color meanings for every type of bouquet.

Red: Love and Romance

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One of the most universal of all symbols, the red rose represents true love. It has also appeared throughout history and across cultures as both a political and religious symbol. These lovely flower quotes are a great note to include with your bouquet.

Yellow: Friendship, Joy, Get Well

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Yellow roses have one of the happiest rose color meanings. Throughout history, yellow has been closely associated with the sun, making these roses excellent for cheering people up. Yellow roses send a message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. The color represents feelings of joy and delight.

Lavender: Enchantment, Majesty, Love at First Sight

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The color purple has a traditional association with royalty. In this regard, shades of lavender roses suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor. Try these clever tricks to make your flowers last longer.

Dark Pink: Gratitude and Appreciation

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Pink carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance. Dark pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation and are a traditional way to say thanks.

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