Red roses with black tips

Symbolism and Meaning of Black Rose

Black roses has mutiple meaning inside it. Black rose is actually a darker shade of purple, maroon or red. It can also be a dyed white rose, made to look black by placing it in black ink or by burning a rose under controlled circumstances. Black rose is also called black beauty, Tuscany superb, baccarat, black jade and black magic.

Meaning of Black Rose

It is believed that black rose exists in Tibet but it has not been verified until now.

According to the Language of Flowers or floriography in the 19th Century, a black rose implies hatred, death, and despair. It can also signify rebirth or farewell for good, in certain situations. Since a true black rose is impossible to find in nature, it emphasizes on utmost devotion and exclusivity in a relationship. One can also see endless mentions of black rose in Gothic literature.

Peter Carey’s Fragrance of Roses discusses in detail about the symbolism of black roses.

Black Rose Meaning in Romance

Black roses represent tragic romance. A black rose doesn’t stand for happiness, but the sadness, a relationship would bring along.

Black Rose Meaning in Tarot Cards

A fan theory on the Internet also suggests that in Tarotology, a black rose stands for everything opposite of a white rose. It represents revenge, ugliness, immorality, disrespect and a state of despair. Just to let you know, tarot cards don’t feature black rose at all.

Black Rose Meaning in Anarchy

One of the anarchist bookstores in Montreal and Sydney was called Black Rose Books. The anarchist lecture series by Murray Bookchin and Noam Chomsky in the year 1990 were also titled, Black Rose. In Nazism, a black rose was the symbol of winning over the traitors and ‘all is well.’

Black Rose in Fiction

Black rose was featured in the vampire series of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. Lisa Jane Smith had used it to represent mayhem and non-humans, who went on to become the prey of vampires in her novel. In Dragonlance, it stands for dishonor.

Black Rose in Anime

Revolutionary Girl Utena, the anime series, which relies heavily on roses and their symbolism, describes black roses to depict dark soul or the dark side of a person. Black roses are used to describe selfish interests and ignorance of the protagonists in the Black Rose Duelists series. The black roses are called Piranha Roses in Saint Seiva series, to symbolize the killing and attack.

Black Rose in Video Games

In the video game, Fable, black rose represents the evil love between two anti-heroes. Black roses represent deep romance and ferocious beauty in the Elder Scrolls universe. The Great Fairy’s Sword in the Legend of Zelda is decorated with black roses.

Black Rose Meaning in Art and Literature

Despite its tragic connotation with love and romance, black rose finds a place in the titles of many romantic novels by eminent authors such as Nora Roberts, Christina Skye, Debra Mullins and Harlequin.

Black Rose in Music

‘Black Roses’ happens to be the title of a song performed by Clear Light and Barrington Levy. Ireland’s most famous as well as, outrageous political song is titled ‘Róisín Dubh’, which means ‘little black rose.’

Black tips in red roses; What causes it?

For rose growers; Black tips in red roses can be caused by sun-burning, disease like Botrytis blight and/or Frost. The black edges do not affect the vase life of the roses at all. Black tips in red roses can be one of the more frustrating things that can happen in rose beds. When growing roses one’s wish is to have a nice big bud or buds to open to a bloom without the black or crispy edged petals.

There are several causes of back tips in red roses.

1) Sunlight; Pigments in red roses are particularly sensitive to sun-burning. To prevent this Keep the rose bushes well watered, watering in the cooler morning hours and rinsing off the foliage as well. Be sure to do so early enough to allow time for the water drops to evaporate. Rinse off the foliage with water, as this helps cool down the bush and washes away dust and some fungal spores.

2) Disease; Botrytis blight in roses is caused by the fungus. This fungus can attack rose blooms but will eventually have more effect upon the entire blooms rather than just blackened petal edges.

3) Frost; More often than not, this condition is caused by either Jack Frost kissing the rose blooms early or late in the season. That frosty kiss creates a burn on those delicate petal edges. There is no way for the rose bush, on its own, to move enough moisture to those extreme petal edges to stop the freeze burn effects, thus resulting in edges of rose petals turning black.

4) Natural Occurrences: This condition is genetic to red, brown and purple rose varieties. Some rose blooms like for Black Magic may have natural black or dark edges. In some growing conditions, this rose will have blooms that have very dark red to black petal edges. However, the petal edges are not cracked and/or crispy but of a natural petal texture.

The black edges do not affect the vase life of the roses at all. The down side is simply the effect on aesthetic appearance

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How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Roses: Diseases and Abiotic Disorders

Revised 5/09

In this Guideline:

  • Leaf and shoot diseases and disorders
  • Symptoms on flower petals and buds
  • Cankers or growths on canes
  • About Pest Notes
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  • Glossary

Powdery mildew on a rose.

Downy mildew on a rose leaf.

Rose rust appears as reddish brown spots on the lower leaf surface (left and bottom) and as yellow patches on the upper leaf surface (right).

Black spot causes dark blotches and yellowing.

Rose mosaic disease has damaged this foliage.

A variety of plant pathogens can attack roses. The most common problem in California is powdery mildew, but a number of other diseases including rust, black spot, botrytis, downy mildew, and anthracnose may cause problems where moist conditions prevail.

To limit problems, choose varieties and irrigation practices carefully, promote air circulation by following appropriate pruning techniques and providing sufficient space between plants, and remove severely infested material promptly. Although some rose enthusiasts consider regular application of fungicides a necessary component of rose culture, many gardeners are able to sustain plants with little to no use of fungicides, especially in California’s dry interior valleys.

In addition to diseases that bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens cause, roses may display similar damage symptoms resulting from chemical toxicities, mineral deficiencies, or environmental problems. Such problems are termed abiotic disorders, and changing environmental conditions often can correct these symptoms.


Powdery mildew, caused by the fungus Podosphaera (previously Sphaerotheca) pannosa var. rosae, produces white to gray powdery growth on leaves, shoots, sepals, buds, and occasionally on petals. Leaves may distort and drop.

Powdery mildew doesn’t require free water on plant surfaces in order to develop and is active during California’s warm, dry summers. Overhead sprinkling, such as irrigation or washing, during midday may limit the disease by disrupting the daily spore-release cycle yet allows time for foliage to dry before evening.

The pathogen requires living tissue in order to survive, so pruning, collecting, and disposing of leaves during the dormant season can limit infestations although it may not entirely eradicate them, since airborne spores from other locations can provide fresh inoculation.

Rose varieties vary greatly in resistance, with landscape (shrub) varieties among the most resistant. Glossy-foliaged varieties of hybrid teas and grandifloras often have good resistance to powdery mildew as well. Plants grown in sunny locations with good air circulation are less likely to have serious problems.

Fungicides such as triforine (Ortho Rosepride) are available, but generally you must apply them to prevent rather than eradicate infections, so timing is critical and repeat applications may be necessary. In addition to synthetic fungicides, least-toxic fungicides are available, including horticultural oils, neem oil, jojoba oil, sulfur, potassium bicarbonate, and the biological fungicide Serenade. With the exception of the oils, these materials are primarily preventive, although potassium bicarbonate has some eradicant activity. Oils work best as eradicants but also have some protectant activity. Do not apply oils to water-stressed plants or within two weeks of a sulfur spray.

See the Pest Note: Powdery Mildew on Ornamentals for more details on management.

Downy mildew, caused by the fungus Peronospora sparsa, requires a narrow range of temperature and humidity to thrive. Interveinal, angular purple, red, or brown spots appear on leaves, which then become yellow and drop. You occasionally may observe fruiting bodies of the fungus on the undersides of leaves.

To reduce downy mildew, increase air circulation through pruning and avoid frequent overhead irrigation that results in foliage that stays wet. Control with fungicides is very difficult; environmental management is much more likely to be effective. Because downy mildew requires moist, humid conditions, it is most likely to cause problems in coastal areas of California and, during a narrow period of time in spring and fall, in the Central Valley.

Rust, caused by the fungus Phragmidium mucronatum (formerly P. disciflorum), prefers cool, moist weather such as that found in coastal areas of California but also may be a problem inland during wet years. Infected plants have small, orange pustules on the undersides of leaves while the upper sides of leaves may discolor and drop.

Avoid overhead watering and prune back severely affected canes. During the winter collect and dispose of any leaves remaining on the plants and those that have fallen off. Plants can tolerate low levels of damage without significant losses. You can use preventive applications of fungicides, but it may require frequent applications to keep plants rust free, which may not be justifiable in garden or landscape situations.

Black spot, caused by the fungus Diplocarpon rosae, produces black spots with feathery or fibrous margins on the upper surfaces of leaves and stems. Small, black fruiting bodies often are present in spots on the upper sides of leaves. No fungal growth occurs on the undersides.

This fungus requires free water to reproduce and grow, so don’t allow leaves to remain wet for more than 7 hours. When hosing off aphids, do it in the morning or midday, so leaves have a chance to dry before evening. Provide good air circulation around plants. Remove fallen leaves and other infested material, and prune out infected stems during the dormant season.

Black spot usually is not a problem in most of California. Miniature roses are more susceptible than other types, although a few varieties are reliably resistant to all strains of black spot. Apply fungicides such as chlorothalonil or triforine as preventatives. Oils, including neem oil, potassium bicarbonate, and sulfur, as discussed above under “Powdery mildew,” or neem oil also has been shown to be effective in reducing black spot.

Anthracnose, caused by the fungus Sphaceloma rosarum, results in leaf spots. When first formed, spots are red or sometimes brown to purple. Later the centers turn gray or white and have a dark red margin. Fruiting bodies may appear in the middle of the spot, and the lesion may fall out creating a shot-hole symptom.

No information on management is available. Hybrid teas and old-fashioned climbing and rambler roses are the most affected.

Viruses and virus-like diseases occur wherever roses grow, although damage may be mostly cosmetic with little reduction in plant vigor.

Rose mosaic disease (RMD) is named after the leaf symptoms infected roses display. Ringspots, line patterns, mosaics, and distortion or puckering are typical. Leaf symptoms will vary depending on which virus or viruses are present, the rose cultivar, the time of year, and growing conditions. Color break on flowers also can be symptomatic of rose mosaic disease.

Visual symptoms also can be transient; for example, hot, bright days can cause the symptoms to appear milder or disappear. The virus remains, and the plant becomes a symptomless carrier.

RMD is the result of an infection with a number of different viruses, the most common being Prunus necrotic ringspot virus and Apple mosaic virus. Arabis mosaic virus also can cause RMD. These viruses may be present alone or in various combinations, accounting in part for the array of symptoms observed on infected plants. An accurate diagnosis may require laboratory tests and biological indexing.

A group of diseases of unknown causes that mimic some of the symptoms of mosaic were discovered in California and other parts of the United States. These diseases include rose ring pattern, rose spring dwarf (RSD), and rose leaf curl. RSD causes rosetting or a balled appearance in the new growth following bud break. The leaves first emerging in the spring are recurved or very short and show conspicuous vein clearing or a netted appearance. These symptoms become less apparent as shoots eventually elongate. Canes may develop a zigzag pattern of growth as the season progresses. Recent studies have associated a new virus with this condition; see the publication by N. Salem listed in References.

Viruses present many problems to commercial rose growers. Rose gardeners, retailers and regulatory officials don’t like the look of the symptoms. Cut flower producers may see a significant decrease in production and/or bloom quality, depending on the variety of rose and type of virus. Nursery plant producers may face rejection of interstate shipments; destruction may become severe enough that large numbers of plants become unsalable.

For homeowners, the problem largely is unsightly foliage, with possible decreased plant vigor and smaller and/or fewer flowers.

The most common causes for the spread of these viruses are propagation procedures such as budding an infected scion onto a healthy understock or a healthy scion to an infected understock. Disease symptoms aren’t always obvious, which is why the use of virus-tested planting stock is advantageous. Some evidence indicates rose mosaic spreads in commercial rose plantings via root grafts.

Many rose catalogs and books refer to “virus-free” roses. The science of plant virology has shown in recent years that most horticultural plants have cryptic viruses in them, the function and importance of which aren’t known. As more sophisticated virus-testing techniques have been developed, many “virus-free” programs discovered their stock was not as free of virus as thought.

Foundation Plant Services (FPS) at UC Davis uses the term “virus tested” or “specific virus tested,” meaning tested for the specific viruses known to cause rose mosaic disease. FPS currently employs two virus-elimination techniques, heat therapy and meristem tissue culture, to re-establish a rose cultivar without the virus pathogens. Both are slow, time-consuming processes. Worldwide, plant material that has been tested for and found free of viruses known to cause disease symptoms is referred to as “clean stock.”

For the home rose grower, no effective method exists for eliminating the viruses that cause rose mosaic disease. Use of virus-indexed stock—plants that have tested negative for these viruses by laboratory and field methods—for field propagation is the recommended preventative practice.

Nutrient deficiencies cause specific symptoms such as leaves that yellow and older leaves that drop. Because many California soils have low percentages of organic matter, the nitrogen reserve typically is low, so you should add this nutrient as inorganic fertilizer or from organic sources.

Micronutrient deficiencies, especially iron and zinc, appear as interveinal chlorosis of new leaves. These elements may be deficient, because soils are too wet or too alkaline or because the soil type, such as sandy loam, is low in micronutrient content. Because inorganic forms of iron and zinc form insoluble precipitates in alkaline soils, you can apply iron and zinc directly to foliage. You can apply iron and zinc in a chelated form to either soil or foliage.

Nutrient excesses may limit rose growth if the total salt level becomes too high; a value of less than or equal to 2 dS/m (decisiemens per meter) is recommended. Plants may show a lack of vigor and short shoots, although no definitive leaf symptoms may occur. However, if salt concentrations are found to be very high (greater than 4 dS/m), you also may see browning of the leaves.

A few nutrients cause specific toxicities. Boron, which can reach high levels in some California soils, will cause stunting of plants, chlorosis, and marginal browning of the newest leaves. A soil concentration of less than or equal to 1 part per million is recommended.

Herbicide damage may manifest itself in a variety of symptoms, which include cupped, curled, or yellowed leaves, small leaves, or death of the entire plant. The herbicide class and dosage to the plant determine which symptoms appear and their severity. Injury from glyphosate (e.g., Roundup) is relatively common.

Damage symptoms may not appear during the application season, especially if the application occurred in autumn, but may appear the following spring as a proliferation of small shoots and leaves from buds. The plant will outgrow the injury if the dosage was not too high.


Botrytis blight, caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea, thrives in high humidity. Affected plants have spotted flower petals and buds that fail to open, often with woolly, gray fungal spores on decaying tissue. Twigs die back, and large, diffuse, target-like splotches form on canes.

Lessen humidity around plants by modifying irrigation and pruning techniques and reducing ground cover. Remove and dispose of fallen leaves and petals and prune out infested canes, buds, and flowers. Botrytis blight is a problem usually only during spring and fall in most of California and during summer along coastal areas when the climate is cool and foggy.

Rose phyllody is a flower abnormality recognized for more than 200 years in which leaf-like structures replace flower organs. The fundamental cause seems to be changes in plant hormone balance, brought about by abiotic conditions such as environmental stress or living infectious agents. Some rose varieties such as floribundas are more likely to exhibit phyllody symptoms, probably due to genetic susceptibility. In fact, one floribunda ancestor is Rosa chinenis, from which came the “Green Rose,” a curious variety that has a stable mutation causing phyllody in all its flowers.

Phytoplasmas and viruses can disrupt normal hormone production, inducing phyllody in many plant species, but play less important roles in rose phyllody. Although a few reports exist of rose phyllody caused by phytoplasmas, the association is poorly documented. Rose rosette disease, believed to be caused by a virus vectored by the eriophyid mite Phyllocoptes fructiplilus, also is reported to cause phyllody of rose blossoms. Insects—most often leafhoppers—can spread these diseases, so the appearance of phyllody often raises concerns about possible disease spread through the garden.

However, in roses the most common cause of phyllody is environmental stress, such as hot weather when flower buds are forming, or water stress. If environmental factors are the cause, affected plants usually have normal and abnormal flowers simultaneously but otherwise look healthy. When the weather cools, the bush resumes producing normal flowers.

Rose growers familiar with the characteristics of individual varieties can assess if phyllody is caused by disease or environmental stress by carefully examining plants. A lack of stunting or yellowing and good overall growth indicate a virus or phytoplasma likely isn’t the cause but instead an individual flower probably is responding to specific environmental conditionals.

No management practices are suggested other than pruning out individual blooms.


Botrytis blight, as described above, can cause twig dieback and blotches on canes. A number of different fungi can cause stem cankers and dieback. Cankers are brown, often with gray centers or small, black, spore-producing structures on dead tissue.

It is important to provide proper care to keep plants vigorous to prevent problems. Prune out diseased or dead tissue, making cuts at an angle in healthy tissue just above a node, and avoid wounding canes. Cankers often develop after cold temperature injury, so early spring pruning may not effectively eliminate them if late frosts occur; additional late spring pruning may be necessary.

Winter injury from cold temperatures results in dead or dying flowers, twigs, and stems. A thick layer of leaf mulch may protect roses during the winter in cold mountain areas. Stem canker diseases caused by pathogens that move into injured tissue may follow winter injury.

Sunburn appears as blackened areas, especially on the south and west sides of canes. Excessive temperatures on rose canes cause sunburn, usually as an indirect result of drought stress or spider mite pressure, which caused defoliation. Reflected heat from masonry, vinyl siding, or rock mulch also can cause canes to sunburn.

Crown gall, caused by the bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens, affects many woody plants including fruit trees, ornamentals, and roses as well as some herbaceous plants including chrysanthemums and daisies. Crown gall bacteria invade tissue after wounding. Galls, in the form of large, distorted tissue growth, form at the base of the cane or sometimes on roots or farther up on stems. Infected canes can be stunted and discolored. Do not plant susceptible plants in infested soil or near infected plants. Purchase and plant only high quality stock.


Pemberton, H. B., ed. 2007. Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Rose Research and Cultivation. Acta Horticulturae No. 751, International Society for Horticultural Science.

Dreistadt, S. H. 2004. Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs. Oakland: Univ. Calif. Agric. Nat. Res. Publ. 3359.

Horst, R. K. 1983. Compendium of Rose Diseases. St. Paul: APS Press.

Salem, N., D. Golino, B. Falk, and A. Rowhani. 2008. Identification and partial characterization of a new luteovirus associated with rose spring dwarf disease. Plant Disease 92: 508-512.


Pest Notes: Roses in the Garden and Landscape—Diseases and Abiotic Disorders
UC ANR Publication 7463

Author: J. F. Karlik, UC Cooperative Extension, Kern Co.; and D. A. Golino, Foundation Plant Services, UC Davis.

Produced by UC Statewide IPM Program, University of California, Davis, CA 95616

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Rose Color Meanings: 12 Shades and What They Symbolize

Did you know each rose color has a different shade of meaning? From purity to joy, energy to abundance, the color rose you choose has a special significance.

Keep reading to discover 12 popular rose colors and what they stand for. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to create the perfect bouquet that expresses the perfect sentiment!

1. White Roses

What do white roses mean? White roses often represent purity, innocence and youthfulness. White roses are sometimes referred to as bridal roses because of their association with young love and eternal loyalty. White roses can also symbolize a new beginning and everlasting love.

2. Ivory Roses

The ivory rose, although similar to white roses, have a totally different meaning. They are said to represent charm, thoughtfulness and gracefulness. Ivory colored roses also represent richness and perfection. Ivory roses would be great for letting someone know you care, without romantic intentions.

3. Yellow Roses

During the Victorian times, the yellow rose had a much different meaning than it does today. While it used to symbolize jealousy, now the symbol of a yellow rose represents friendship, joy and caring. These beautiful sun colored roses can also convey warmth, delight, gladness and affection, as well as say good luck, welcome back, and remember me. The yellow rose is the perfect rose for a close friend or someone who needs a little cheering up since these blooms are sure to brighten anyone’s day!

4. Peach Roses

The sweet peach rose conveys a meaning of modesty, genuineness, sincerity and gratitude. It can be great for saying “thank you” and would be an appropriate gift when closing a business deal, for example. The peach rose can also be a great way to show sympathy to a loved one or a close friend.

5. Orange Roses

This bold and fiery bloom often stands for desire, fascination, enthusiasm and energy. The orange rose can say “I am so proud of you” with their meaning of admiration and excitement. Feeling unenergized lately? Place a bouquet of these bold beauties in your house for a burst of energy! Coral and salmon colored roses will often convey the same message as orange roses.

6. Pink Roses

What does a pink rose color mean? The meaning of pink roses can stand for femininity, elegance, refinement and sweetness. But the pink rose can also have additional meanings depending on its shade. A deep or hot pink rose can convey gratitude, appreciation, recognition and is a great way to say “thank you,” while a light or pale pink rose conveys grace, gentleness, joy and happiness.

7. Red Roses

Red roses also stand for passion, true love, romance and desire. The red rose is a classic “I Love You” rose, making it a popular choice for Valentine’s Day. When red roses are used for a bridal bouquet, they represent bliss in the marriage as well as true respect and appreciation toward one another. A deep red rose can mean that you are ready for commitment, and have a deep passion for that person. Ultimately, if you want to tell someone you love them, a red rose is the way to go!

8. Lavender Roses

Lavender roses are unique yet stunning roses that can make quite a statement. Their symbolism is often tied to enchantment, wonder, splendor and mystery as well as love at first sight or enchantment at first sight. So, if you have a secret crush or if someone has caught your attention and grabbed your heart, this may be the perfect rose to send them!

8. Green Roses

Green is the color of life, abundant growth, and constant renewal of life and energy. The green rose signifies the constant rejuvenation of spirit and fertility. It can symbolize richness, abundance and bounty. Green roses are a sign of plenty and copiousness. Green is also a very pleasing color and is often said it can impart a sense of balance, stability and peace to the human mind. When you want to surprise or please someone, give them a green rose!

9. Blue Roses

Blue roses represent mystery, the impossible, or the unattainable. Give a blue rose to someone and you are saying “you are extraordinarily wonderful and unique.” Blue roses are perfect for the woman who marches to the beat of her own drum.

10. Black Roses

The black rose is a mysterious bloom that can convey many meanings. The color black has often been synonymous with death and mourning and is usually used at funerals. But black roses do have a more positive meaning as well. They can stand for the beginning of new things and major change. Black roses can inspire confidence by signaling the birth of a new era and can bring hope and courage.

11. Multicolored Roses

Multicolored roses are uniquely colored and provide a fun and unique way to send your message. For example, a yellow rose with a red tip can mean friendship or falling in love while a pink and white rose can be the perfect gift to say thank you to a good friend.

12. Mixed Colors

Can’t decide on a single rose color? Feel free to mix and match! When you combine different colors of roses you can send multiple or slightly different messages. For example, a combination of red and yellow roses conveys happiness and cheerfulness, while a mix of red and white roses can symbolize unity, making that combination a popular choice for weddings.

Now that you know each rose color’s meaning, you can create the perfect bouquet that expresses exactly what you want. Check out our wholesale roses, available in every color.

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Rose Color Meaning, and a few other things that might interest you with Roses.
Gosh, when researching this subject, I found book loads of information available about rose color meaning, the number of roses given, and even the meaning behind the multicolored roses that have been recently developed.

The meaning of the color in roses explained.

Below you’ll also find images of paintings that match a particular color of rose. Feel free to “PIN IT” and share with your friends that special message you wish to convey. Enjoy!

Lets start off with the colors of roses we have today. There is the red, white, yellow, orange/peach, lavender/purple, and pinks. We even have red and white, yellow and red tips, red and yellow. There’s even a red rose so deeply dark red that unless viewed under bright lights, it appears black, however, only special collectors have this as it requires special care.
Now here’s the list. It is a basic list that will explain just the basic and broad meaning.

  • White Rose – Purity, Innocence, Sympathy, Spirituality

The meaning of rose colors, Red, the most popular.

  • Red Rose – Love and Passion, the Lovers Rose!
  • Lavender or Purple Rose – Enchantment, Majesty, Love at First Sight
  • Pink Rose – Love, Gratitude, Appreciation

  • Orange Rose – Desire, Enthusiasm and Passion

  • Yellow Rose – Friendship, Joy, Get Well

  • Yellow with Red Tip Friendship – Falling in Love
  • Red and White Given together – these signify unity
  • Red and Yellow Celebration – Jovial and Happy Feelings

  • Black – Death, Farewell
  • Blue – The unattainable, the impossible
  • A Single Rose in any color – Simplicity, Gratitude
  • Red Rosebud – Symbolic of purity and loveliness
  • White Rosebud – Symbolic of girlhood

More Meaning of rose colors and the number of roses given.

  • The Single Red Rose is a symbol of Love & Passion
  • The Single Red Rosebud means purity and loveliness, or “You are the One”
  • 12 Roses, of any color, “Be my steady”, mutual attraction, a satisfactory union.
  • 12 Red Roses have long been the standard for expressing a deep and abiding love, especially if the flowers are red roses. Red roses are the “Lover’s Rose” and is a symbol of true love and fairy tale endings.
  • 12 white roses mean purity, & innocence. They can be used to show that you feel that your love is pure and that you believe the recipient to be pure. White roses also mean you are loyal. A dozen white roses can also say, “I’m sorry” after an argument.
  • 12 yellow roses is a gesture of friendship, joy and happiness. Yellow roses are associated with sunlight and warmth. Meaning “I am happy and I love you.” A dozen yellow roses is a great way to say, “Get Well Soon” or “Welcome Back!” or “We missed you”. They also mean you had a great time and enjoy their company but, and you wish to see them again, but want to keep things light and casual.
  • 12 peach roses are used to send a message of appreciation, thanks. They also mean that you really appreciate someone being in your life or that you are glad that they are a member of your team. A dozen peach roses is a simple way to say “Thank You”.
  • 12 Orange roses shout it out that you think the recipient is really, really, hot or sexy and you can’t wait to see them again.
  • 12 lilac or lavender (purple) roses can be used to express infatuation. Lilac roses express feelings of delight, or being overcome by adoration. So if you want to tell someone that you have fallen head over heals in love at first sight, then send them a dozen purple roses.
  • 12 pink roses is a refined way of saying “Thank you”. Pink roses convey the message that says the recipient has grace, and is a joy to be around.
  • 12 black roses mean “it’s over”. A fairly dramatic way to and a relationship since black roses represents death and loss.
  • 24 Roses – with two dozen roses you are expressing yourself with gusto. No matter the color you’re saying you can’t get them out of your mind, you can’t stop thinking about them, or you can’t forget that very special moment.

Now that you’ve been schooled on meaning of rose colors, you’ll know what is the best color rose to give that special someone you’re thinking about!

Are you interested in more? Check out this page on the history of the rose!

Here you’ll find myths and real history behind our most famous flower.

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