10 hues of roses, and the language each speaks

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On Wed, 31 May, 2023 07:00 | 4 mins read
10 hues of roses, and the language each speaks
Lavendar roses. PHOTO/Courtesy

Roses have been around for who knows how long, and many people have been buying them for friends, family, or special associates to send a heartfelt message. But did you know that every rose colour has a distinct meaning? Here is all you need to know about the flower and it’s diverse colour meanings

1. Red

Red roses are often considered the universal symbol of love. They have captured the minds and hearts of lovers across the globe for generations. They are always given out to show love and admiration. Giving a single stem or bunch of red roses on your anniversary, first date, or even on Valentine’s Day is the perfect way to express how much you care and love someone when words are not enough. Different shades of red signify different degrees of affection. For example, the typical bright red rose indicates romance, whereas a more burgundy shade suggests your feelings have not yet been revealed.

2. Yellow

Yellow roses are a symbol of friendship. This bright and cheery colour is good for celebrating friendship. Giving yellow roses can be a wonderful way to express your friendship.

Yellow roses are a further representation of remembrance, a fond memory, or a sign of appreciation. However, never send yellow roses to someone you are romantically interested in, as this suggests you would prefer to stay in the friend zone.

3. Lavender

Lavender roses represent love at first sight. These roses are used to express fascination and adoration. Their beauty is known to convey enchantment and their meaning can differ by shade.

10 hues of roses, and the language each speaks
Lavendar roses. PHOTO/Courtesy

Darker shades of lavender roses convey a sense of regal, majesty and splendour.

4. Pink

Pink rose is often given as a token of admiration and appreciation. Whether they’re for your best friend, fiancée or ever-dependable co-worker, a bouquet of pink rose will create a bright spot in a special someone’s day. Just like with red roses, pink’s varying shades all have different meanings.

A dark pink is a way of saying thank you for showing your appreciation, whereas a pale pink indicates gentleness, especially when given for more sympathetic occasions. A medium pink rose can be used for all sorts of occasions, whether someone is grieving or when you want to say thank you, making it the most versatile of the different shades.

5. White

White roses come with a variety of meanings, including purity, innocence, grace and humility. In certain contexts, they can be a sign of remembrance or sympathy. And because these flowers have long been popular for weddings, they also represent new beginnings and budding love.

With so many meanings associated with white roses, it’s no wonder they remain popular today.

6. Orange

We already know that red roses represent deep love and yellow roses represent friendship. Since orange is a combo of the two colours, these vibrant flowers show the person receiving them that you want your friendship to go to the next level.

Orange rose can also symbolise a budding romance or one in its early stages, especially if that romance stemmed from a friendship first. This makes orange roses a safe bet for the earlier phases of your relationship, but also offers variety from the red rose for long-term relationships.

7. Peach

Do you want to show someone gratitude? Give them peach roses. Not only does the colour mean “gratitude,” but also it just looks so cheerful and happy.

This colour is known for expressing gratitude, and it represents the genuineness of your feelings.

8. Cream

While white is often regarded as a colour of innocence, cream has a more subtle meaning. Cream roses symbolize charm and thoughtfulness and are the perfect way to tell someone they are on your mind.

Whether you want to thank someone for doing something special, or simply make them smile, you can’t go wrong with this rose colour.

9. Black

You don’t see black roses often because they don’t exist in nature. In fact, black is not a natural rose colour, but one that is dyed.

Roses in black typically stand for mourning and death.

10. Purple

The purple rose is more akin to fleeting infatuation than a long and loving relationship. However, sending purple roses could be a foot in the door to more lasting feelings of love, paving the way for future gifts of pink, red and orange roses.

Purple also stands for royalty, majesty and honour, making purple also a good colour to give to someone you hold in high regard.

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