What do Flower Colors Mean in Relationships?

Updated on January 21, 2014
Differently colored roses represent different things in relationships. Giving your lover the wrong color rose could send the wrong message. Knowing these colors will help you to pick up the best bouquet (or single rose) for your loved ones.
Differently colored roses represent different things in relationships. Giving your lover the wrong color rose could send the wrong message. Knowing these colors will help you to pick up the best bouquet (or single rose) for your loved ones. | Source

Other flowers have their place in romance, but roses are the go-to for most romantic interactions because their color range and the representative colors is excellent for this purpose. You may also choose carnations, which have a similar color selection, or a mixed bouquet. Just be mindful of the colors in the bouquet when you purchase.

Know the Colors of the Roses You Buy

Roses come in many colors and varying shades of the common colors. Each of these colors (and often their varying shades or variations) represent something different in a relationship. Flowers, for quite some time in history, had a language all their own. One could send a flower to someone they knew and the flower itself sent a message. This is, in part, the reason that we give flowers to our lovers. The colors and the types of flowers that you give to your sweetheart, your mother, your siblings, or your friends should vary depending on the sentiment you are attempting to express.

This article deals only with the colors of the flowers being sent, and specifically handles roses. You will find references throughout the article to the flower language with links to help you to find what you're looking for if you're interested in the specific language of flowers.

You should take take care to purchase the correct color, particularly with roses, because some of even the most beautiful colors represent emotions you don't want to convey to a sweetheart in particular. (Example: See Yellow, below.)

For Valentine's Day, roses are the preferred flower, and mixed bouquets (particularly with baby's breath and carnations) are another excellent choice. Mixing your rose color choices is not preferred as it conveys a mixed sentiment.

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A single red rose represents devotion to a passionate relationship. It could say to your partner: "You're the only one for me. Be mine."Two red roses entwined with one another is a way to ask your lover if she would like to marry you. Give two roses this Valentine's Day if you're planning on proposing. If not, opt for more roses or a single rose instead of two roses!Six red roses mean that the giver desires to be loved. It is a way of asking someone to love you or to belong to you. The meaning is in the giver and not in the recipient.Eleven roses says to the recipient that she is deeply and truly loved by the giver. This is a great number for married couples!Thirteen roses indicates that they have been sent by a secret admirer!
A single red rose represents devotion to a passionate relationship. It could say to your partner: "You're the only one for me. Be mine."
A single red rose represents devotion to a passionate relationship. It could say to your partner: "You're the only one for me. Be mine." | Source
Two red roses entwined with one another is a way to ask your lover if she would like to marry you. Give two roses this Valentine's Day if you're planning on proposing. If not, opt for more roses or a single rose instead of two roses!
Two red roses entwined with one another is a way to ask your lover if she would like to marry you. Give two roses this Valentine's Day if you're planning on proposing. If not, opt for more roses or a single rose instead of two roses! | Source
Six red roses mean that the giver desires to be loved. It is a way of asking someone to love you or to belong to you. The meaning is in the giver and not in the recipient.
Six red roses mean that the giver desires to be loved. It is a way of asking someone to love you or to belong to you. The meaning is in the giver and not in the recipient. | Source
Eleven roses says to the recipient that she is deeply and truly loved by the giver. This is a great number for married couples!
Eleven roses says to the recipient that she is deeply and truly loved by the giver. This is a great number for married couples! | Source
Thirteen roses indicates that they have been sent by a secret admirer!
Thirteen roses indicates that they have been sent by a secret admirer! | Source

Red is the Color of Passion

When choosing red roses, remember that red is the color of passion. This is one of the reasons that it is associated with romance at Valentine's Day and with rose colors: Because romantic love is also often passionate. If you are looking to convey a feeling of steady romantic love, you may wish to instead opt for pink.

What Do Red Roses Mean?

Red roses have come to symbolize romantic love. The color red (in general) is a high-energy color that compels us to passion. It is symbolically used in magical rituals relating to fertility because its wavelength increases passionate feelings. This passion can be romantic (sexual) or it can be related to other project that you wish to give a boost. When choosing red roses, you should consider the symbolism of the color as well as the symbolism of the flower itself. These are a tremendous choice for Valentine's Day and your sweetheart is sure to appreciate a bouquet of red roses.

If you like, you may flip through the thumbnail images above. The captions give information about what the different numbers of flowers represent. It can be fun to play with the numbers of flowers in your bouquet. For those men planning on proposing this year, consider two red roses entwined with one another: It's a romantic way of asking her to marry you!

Red roses are perfect for Valentine's Day!
Red roses are perfect for Valentine's Day! | Source
Pink roses represent innocent romantic love. They're a good color for teen romance or the early phases of a romantic relationship.
Pink roses represent innocent romantic love. They're a good color for teen romance or the early phases of a romantic relationship. | Source

Pink is the Color of Love

Pink is the color of innocent love. It represents a beautiful, fresh love and a pureness of emotion. It is a way of saying "I love you" to your partner and pink may make your sweetheart feel your love.

What Do Pink Roses Mean?

In flowers, pink is the color of joy and youthfulness. It's a way to say "I admire you" or "I appreciate you" (good for girls giving flowers to their boyfriends or husbands!). It is also the color of youthfulness and pure joy. For this reason, the pink color of a rose blossom represents young and innocent love, before the relationship has blossomed into an erotic love. A pink rose bouquet is a way of saying to your girlfriend or wife that being around her is pure bliss. These are a great choice for expression your appreciation for everything your sweetheart does in your relationship, and for her being there for you.

These are a particularly good choice for teenagers in romantic relationships as they express the type of love parents usually hope their teens will have.

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Roses Come in a Number of Colors

Roses are available from florists in a variety of colors, with each color representing something different to the person giving the flowers and to the person receiving the flowers. The giving of pink roses, for example, is associated with the giver saying "thank you" to the recipient, and the giving of a thornless rose indicates that the giver fell in love at first sight with the recipient. Knowing the differences in these colors and how the numbers of roses change the meaning helps you to convey your message for any romantic occasion, not just Valentine's Day.

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Yellow roses represent, among other things, friendship shared between two people. They are a good option for giving to a friend this Valentine's Day. They are a platonic rose color.Yellow roses also represent jealousy, which is perhaps one of the reasons why they're considered to be a breakup flower.Never give your sweetheart yellow roses, as they are considered to be a sign that you are attempting to break up with your partner.Yellow roses have more of a place as a "Get well soon" than as an "I love you." As beautiful as they are, save them for hospital visits or your friends!
Yellow roses represent, among other things, friendship shared between two people. They are a good option for giving to a friend this Valentine's Day. They are a platonic rose color.
Yellow roses represent, among other things, friendship shared between two people. They are a good option for giving to a friend this Valentine's Day. They are a platonic rose color. | Source
Yellow roses also represent jealousy, which is perhaps one of the reasons why they're considered to be a breakup flower.
Yellow roses also represent jealousy, which is perhaps one of the reasons why they're considered to be a breakup flower. | Source
Never give your sweetheart yellow roses, as they are considered to be a sign that you are attempting to break up with your partner.
Never give your sweetheart yellow roses, as they are considered to be a sign that you are attempting to break up with your partner. | Source
Yellow roses have more of a place as a "Get well soon" than as an "I love you." As beautiful as they are, save them for hospital visits or your friends!
Yellow roses have more of a place as a "Get well soon" than as an "I love you." As beautiful as they are, save them for hospital visits or your friends! | Source

Yellow is the Color of Happiness

Yellow is a highly energetic color which is associated with happiness, making it a great color for friends and friendship. Sending yellow roses says "you make me happy."

What Do Yellow Roses Mean?

Yellow roses aren't a romantic rose: In fact, they may suggest to your lover that you are attempting to end your relationship with him or her. Due to their association with friendship, yellow roses suggest "Let's be just friends." They are also associated with jealousy, another reason they may be a "break up rose." It would be unwise to purchase a yellow rose bouquet for your Valentine this year: Stick to the pink and the red in order to send the correct message, and save the yellow roses for your friends instead of for your sweetheart. The results could be disastrous if you send a break-up bouquet!

Rose Color Meanings Part 1: Red, Pink and Yellow

Red Roses
Pink Roses
Yellow Roses
Love
Appreciation
Friendship
Beauty
Grace
Admiration
Passion
Pure Happiness
Sympathy
Courage
Tenderness
"Get Well"
White roses represent purity and innocence. They are a great way to tell your sweetheart "I'll wait for you."
White roses represent purity and innocence. They are a great way to tell your sweetheart "I'll wait for you." | Source

White is the Color of Purity

White is the color of purity and innocence. It is very clean and therefore the white roses represent youthful and innocent love (much like pink).

What Do White Roses Mean?

White has two strong meanings in rose language. The first meaning is the simplest, and the most obvious: White is pure, and the roses represent a pure and innocent love, the idea that you'll wait for the time to be right, for your partner to be ready. These roses say to your partner "I'm worthy of you" or "it's worth the wait." Once more, these are a good rose for teenage sweethearts wishing to convey the strong message that "love waits."

Additionally, white roses also represent secrecy. The delivery of a white rose (or roses) says that you have a secret love affair that you're hiding. White roses may be a way of communicating with an inappropriate lover.

Orange roses signify desire.
Orange roses signify desire. | Source

Orange is the Color of Attraction

With its combination of yellow and red, orange is the color of attraction. It mixes the energy and passion of red with the bright happiness of yellow, and is a good color to use for a Valentine if you're hoping to express a desire to deepen your relationship.

What Do Orange Roses Mean?

Orange combines the colors red and yellow. Red is a color of great energy, representing passion and often inciting feelings of passion and erotic love in the people surrounded by red. Yellow, on the other hand, is a color of happiness. When the two combine, desire is a logical conclusion of this combination.

These are beautiful roses and make an excellent choice for giving to a new sweetheart, particularly if you wish to indicate a desire to move from one phase of a relationship to the next. You're saying to her that she is worthy and that you desire to be with her on a deeper level.

Orange roses are particularly beautiful if mixed with a lighter peach (desire and sincerity mixed together) or with red roses (indicating a passionate desire for your lover).

Peach roses say "Let's get together." Or, in more modern parlance, "Let's hook up!" They are a variation on the orange color, representing desire.
Peach roses say "Let's get together." Or, in more modern parlance, "Let's hook up!" They are a variation on the orange color, representing desire. | Source

Purple is the Color of Magic

Purple is the color of magic, and therefore it should be no surprise that lavender roses represent enchantment with a lover.

What Do Purple Roses Mean?

Lavender (or purple) roses signify enchantment with a lover. To define enchantment, this word is referring to a near-supernatural love affair with another person. When you give lavender roses to your sweetheart, you're saying that your affection transcends and is difficult to understand, but real to you. It could be said that this is a somewhat obsessive rose color.

Lavender roses (shown here in a bouquet with peach roses) represent enchantment with your lover.
Lavender roses (shown here in a bouquet with peach roses) represent enchantment with your lover. | Source

Rose Color Meanings Part 2: White, Peach and Lavender

White
Peach
Lavender
Purity
Hookup
Enchantment

Together, Red and White Roses Represent Unity

Combine the colors red and white to celebrate your first Valentine's Day as a married couple, or for bridal bouquets. The combination represents unity!
Combine the colors red and white to celebrate your first Valentine's Day as a married couple, or for bridal bouquets. The combination represents unity! | Source

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        Victor ukeje 46 hours ago

        Every flowers comes with their own uniqueness and language of their own. I choose the RED ROSE, because it is a colour of passion. A single Red rose is a devotion to a passionate relationship, it is a way of saying you are the only one for me. It is a way to say, please be MINE. I lack the words to use, but this Red Rose is to convey a feeling of steady love I have for you. I fell in love with you at first sight.

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        Victor ukeje 47 hours ago

        I am Victor ukeje from Nigeria, This is an eye opening, before now I just send any flowers to my girlfriend, I just thought of know the significant of rose flower in a relationship, then I google this site. After going through. Then had a better understanding to even write a poem on rose with what I got here. My girl friend got mad in love all over again with me.

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        izzy 4 days ago

        pink is an enchanting color it takes my breath away!

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        sri maha lakshmi 5 weeks ago

        What about green rose

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        Kay 3 months ago

        I was given a dozen red with a single white, what does that mean?

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        David 6 months ago

        What about blue roses?

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        Robert Antoni 13 months ago

        Thank you very much! I'm glad you learned something

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        seema kumari 2 years ago

        i like and love yellow and red rose,

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        rama krishna 2 years ago

        thank u,because i don't know which color flower is given to my girl friend,every colour express some feelings,so that's way i am searching.so finally i have got some basic knowledge,after watch this site.once again thank u yar.

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        ana 4 years ago

        Thank you for everything to do all of my work

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        Becki Rizzuti 4 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

        Thank you very much! I'm glad you learned something from the hub. It was tremendous fun to write this one.

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        Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 years ago from Philippines

        I love roses, and this is the first time I learned that the color of a rose has a special meaning. This is a very interesting hub.

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