Rose Color Meaning

Roses Are… { Color Meaning Anoka Florist }

…red, and violets are…wait a sec…roses are much more than just red, right?  I mean, we definitely see them in a lot of colors around the floral shop.  Everyone thinks about red roses for Valentine’s Day, and as a symbol of passion and love; but, a rose can be SO much more than that and, even in the fall, roses can be sent so beautifully.  Did you know that different colored roses can have different meanings?  We thought we’d share what the colors traditionally symbolize in case you’d like to send roses to a loved one, but would like something other than red.

Red: As we mentioned above, red roses typically symbolize passion, love and romance.   They are a wonderful gift to give to someone when you want to say, “I love you”, or show off your romantic side.  Red roses are can also be a powerful way to, at the beginning of a new relationship, indicate romantic intentions.  (In other words…avoid sending these to a coworker to say thanks, or to your mother-in-law on her birthday. 🙂 )

Pink: Pink roses are the perfect way to show gratitude, send cheer and show appreciation or love.   There are different shades of pink roses on the market.  It is said that deeper pinks lean more on the side of appreciation and gratitude, and lighter pink are better for conveying gentleness and admiration.  Bottom line, pink roses are the perfect rose for almost any occasion, from sympathy to love.

White: Many of us associate white roses with weddings; that’s because white roses typically symbolize purity, innocence, new beginnings and spirituality.   White roses are perfect for baptisms, graduations, anniversaries, weddings and births.

Orange: Orange roses are our favorite lately.  (This changes often, by the way. 🙂 )  Orange roses are symbolic of passion, enthusiasm and energy.   These roses are a ‘newer’rose, since they’ve only been cultivated since the 20th century; they have a fresh, contemporary, spunky feel.  Orange roses are ideal for marking the excitement when a  relationship starts turning from friendship to love.  They are also the perfect rose to say thank you or congratulations.  Anything surrounded with excitement is the perfect place for the wild, orange, rose.

Yellow: Other than being a part of one of our favorite childhood songs (Yellow Rose of Texas. You’re welcome. 🙂 ), the yellow rose is, traditionally, symbolic of warmth, friendship, joy and good health–basically, the yellow rose is a hug when red roses are a kiss.  The yellow rose is the perfect choice to send a friend after a surgery or to anyone who could use a little cheer.  It’s also a great color to send a coworker or family member who may be in need of a smile.  Yellow roses are perfect for any, everyday, occasion that you would otherwise recognize with a smile, pat on the back, or hug.

Mixed: If a single color doesn’t say all you want it to–try mixing it up a bit.  A mix of orange and yellow roses are a perfect way to send a smile, this fall, to a friend who may need a pick-me-up.  Red and white roses are a gorgeous way to say happy anniversary to a partner.

Bottom line, get creative and have some fun!  Everyone loves to receive roses whether they’re a get-well gesture, or a symbol of true love; roses are perfect for any occasion!  Give us a call or stop in if you have flower questions or would like to send some flowers to some, lucky, person, today!



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