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Rose Color Meanings

Rose Care Instructions
Did you know that traditionally, different rose colors convey different meanings? Read this definitive guide to rose color meanings to ensure that you always send the right flowers for the right occasion.
Red Roses
The red rose tells your sweethear without a doubt, "I love you." A vibrant and dramatic color, it stands for romance and passion. It's the perfect choice for your true love, the love of a lifetime or someone you want to get the message it's time to "get serious."
White Roses
Tells your sweetheart that they're simply "heavenly," and is a great color for the romantic in your life! White roses also stand for innocence, which makes it a perfect color choice for Dads to give daughters.
Red and White Roses
Red & White Together
By themselves these roses are gorgeous, but together, they symbolize unity. What a great surprise for the newlywed, loving partner or to send to your parents to say, "Thanks for being such a great symbol of love through the years!"
Pink Roses
Send deep pink roses and you're telling that someone special you appreciate their sense of grace, style and their gentle nature. Send them light pink roses and you're saying, "I really admire you!"
Yellow Roses
Could there be any other color but bright sunny yellow roses that symbolize friendship, affection and joy? Send your best friend a bunch of these stunning blooms with a card that says, "You'll be my best friend forever!"
Orange Roses
Coral or Orange
You caught their eye, they caught your eye. There's smoke, now there's a chance for fire. Send orange roses, the color of desire and enthusiasm. Then, wait for passion to ignite.
Burgundy Roses
Deep Burgundy
Beautiful doesn't even begin to compare to your sweetheart, but they're unaware of how stunning they truly are. Burgundy roses, which mean "unconscious beauty", are the right choice for your shy sweetheart.
Red and Yellow Roses
Red and Yellow Blends
Red and yellow roses together symbolize joy, happiness and excitement! Gather these gorgeous blooms into one dozen or buy a single stem of each color and put in individual bud vases for a statement of love that your sweetheart will never forget!
Lavender Roses
Purple or Lavender
It's love at first sight with this unique rose color. The moment you saw your sweetheart, your heart skipped a beat. Send a gorgeous array of lavender roses and tell your sweetheart once again, "I fall in love all over again every time I see you."


By Julie McCann Mulligan, expert floral designer at 1-800-FLOWERS. Reprinted courtesy of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM