Rose Colors and What They Mean


Roses are the traditional gift of affection. I thought you guys could use a little hand at making sure you don’t send the wrong color message with your gift. And believe me, the girls are going to want to know what’s the meaning behind your gesture.

The color of a rose can have a very different meaning from what you intend.

Red Roses
Red roses proclaim “I love you.” They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion.

Yellow Roses
Yellow roses indicate friendship and freedom — so don’t send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting.

Pale Pink Roses
Pale pink roses connote grace, gentleness, and gratitude.

Light Pink Roses
A joy to behold, light pink roses express fun and happiness.

Deep Pink Roses
Deep pink roses say “Thank you.”

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

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

Coral Roses
Coral roses express one thing with their passionate color: Desire.

Peach Roses
Peach roses speak of appreciation, gratitude, and also sympathy.

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.


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 given in bouquets, these are also acceptable:

Single Red Rose
“I love you”

Single Rose Any Color
“I thank you”

Two Roses Entwined
An engagement or marriage is imminent.

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