Meaning of Roses

Roses can mean many things, including love.

Roses can mean many things, including love.

Since ancient times, roses have been a symbol of undying love and devotion. We don't exactly know when this phenomenon started, but roses have retained their seemingly inherent symbolism over the years and have come to represent many other ideas, feelings and even countries (the rose is the official flower of both England and the United States) in popular culture.


The most common and persistent meaning associated with roses is that of romantic love. This meaning can be traced back to ancient times, when roses were given as offerings to the gods and goddesses of romantic love. Roses are often a fixture during romantic holidays such as Valentine's Day and anniversaries. In fact, roses are almost a requirement on these occasions. If you want to show someone that you love them, there is no better flower to express your feelings than a deep red long-stemmed rose.


Roses can also symbolize adoration, even if it is non-romantic. If you have a friend or family member that has recently done something worthy of admiration, roses are a perfect gift. A career promotion, special performance or even having a baby are all occasions where giving roses can be very meaningful in a non-romantic way.


Though lilies might be the first flower you think of when it comes to memorializing the departed, roses are also meaningful for the bereaved. Bringing a rose to lay at a funeral is a long-standing tradition and shows your respect and sympathy for the departed and their friends and family. Roses can also be sent to the immediate family of the deceased as a loving tribute. The Peace and Prayers arrangement from ProFlowers is a beautiful and tasteful sympathy gift for anyone who has recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

Specific Color Meanings

Because roses come in many different colors, there are specific meanings associated with each color rose. While red roses are almost exclusively romantic, pink roses express appreciation or gratitude. Yellow roses symbolize friendship and joy, while orange roses are associated with desire. It is very important when giving roses to be cognizant of what individual colors mean so you don't accidentally send the wrong message with a floral gift.

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