Discover Rose Colour Meanings & Send the Right One
While every flower has a wonderful story to tell, the rose stands alone in its abundant history and colour meaning. So much so that we couldn’t resist giving it a little preferential treatment and dedicating a separate space to its rich symbolism.
Used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words, roses have long been a symbol of confidentiality – the Latin expression sub rosa (literally “under the rose”) means something told in secret.
Regardless of colour, their unique beauty and subtle fragrance convey a message guaranteed to elicit delight from the recipient and envy from others. If you’re looking for a way to add a little extra sentiment to your silent message of affection, we’ve put together a list of the meanings associated with the different colours of roses.
STILL MORE SYMBOLISM
As if colors weren’t enough to express your innermost thoughts, there are still more ways that roses can convey your message. For example, while fresh flowers in a bouquet – like roses in full bloom-express deep gratitude, a single rose says “I still love you.” A bouquet of rosebuds – representing innocent love – says “you are forever young and beautiful.” And a rose without thorns says “love at first sight,”; while a short rose says “I’ll remember you always.”
But, as a cautionary Note, even though you are aware of all these different meanings for roses, the recipient will probably not know.
ROSE STEM SYMBOLISM
WHAT’S IN A NUMBER?
As if choosing a specific rose color weren’t enough to express your innermost thoughts, you can convey your message through the number of stems or the type of rose you select. For example, a bouquet of roses (representing innocent love) says “you’re forever young and beautiful,” while a thornless rose says “love at first sight,” and the tea rose says “I’ll remember you always.” Refer to the list below to find out how different numbers of stems can represent different messages of love