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Different rose colours have always had meanings in our lives. Down through the centuries, the rose was sent or given as a special token which 'said' something. Especially during the Victorian era. Roses were everywhere and were full of meaning depending on their colour, the person who gave them and the person who received them.
Today the colour of a rose still has the same basic meaning. eg. a red rose says 'love', a white rose says 'purity and innocence' (thus the most popular choice of the bride) and the yellow rose speaks of joy and happiness. It is a good idea to find out what rose colours mean before buying - just in case.
For instance, the dark, velvety red rose, whilst definitely being the rose of love, can also be taken as a black rose - the closest we have come to it, anyway.
Red roses signify a depth of feelings, usually love, but they may also mean 'remembrance' and sorrow when a loved one has passed away.
The pink roses usually mean gentleness, admiration, joy and grattitude.
Dark pink roses signify deep grattitude and appreciation, elegance and grace.
White roses signify purity and innocence, or a fresh start. They may also express sympathy or humility, and they are associated with spirituality.
The yellow rose does not signify romance or love. It is more of an expression of joy, happiness, rejoicing, sunny skies, and a general feeling that all is well. Every garden should have one. Mine is still thriving in a tiny pot - it's a miniature which has withstood both drought and floods. Always pick the brightest, cheeriest yellow.
Orange roses mean fiery emotions, passion and energy, but they can also mean desire and pride.
Purple roses, of course, mean royalty, a sense of occasion, and also they show adoration and protection.
A lavendar rose says 'love at first sight',and enchantment.
Burgandy roses generally symbolize 'beauty'.
I would have thought this rose was blue! but if you click on it to enlarge it, you can just see the pink tints. Blue roses are symbolic only and mean love and prosperity, but a true blue rose has never been perfected.
Black roses don't really exist, but some come very close to it. Like the blue rose, the truly black rose is unattainable, and it may mean the death of a person or an idea. But recently, because of the sheer depth of its colour and beauty, it often speaks of deep feelings of love and may be used in bridal bouquets. This is a truly beautiful rose. More rose colours are being bred as we speak. It is always a joy to see a brand new rose.