Roses as Gifts: Meanings by Color and Number

Updated on May 12, 2020
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What's your rose language?
What's your rose language?

What Do the Different Colors of Roses Symbolize?

Just about everyone has heard that roses have different meanings according to their color. But do you know what each color means? When a person deliberately selects a certain color of rose, a whole new depth is given to the gift's gesture. Before you give your next single rose or bouquet of roses, read below to find out what you’re really saying with your rose language. Also included is a list of what roses mean by how many you give.

Red Roses
Red Roses

Red Roses

Representing true love, red roses are known around the world as the lover’s rose. It is the ultimate way to say “I love you.” A fiery bright red rose indicates romance, while a deep burgundy rose suggests your feelings are yet to be revealed. However, no matter the shade of red rose you give, it is the universal symbol of romantic love and enduring passion.

Pink Roses
Pink Roses

Pink Roses

The pink rose is the most versatile of the roses in it's message. It can be a gesture of femininity and elegance which makes it perfect for weddings and other celebratory events. Pink roses also represent kindness, gratitude and refinement. The pink rose can be given absent of a romantic connotation. This makes it perfect to give when you want to say "I love you" or "Thank you" to someone you care about, such as your mother, grandmother or daughter.

White Roses
White Roses

White Roses

White roses are a symbol of purity, innocence and new beginnings. That is why white roses are traditionally used in weddings. It can also represent young love, truth and reverence, those things that are pure! A bouquet of white roses is also a perfect way to say, “I'm thinking of you.”

Yellow Roses
Yellow Roses

Yellow Roses

Everyone feels happier on a sunny day which is exactly what yellow roses bring about: Joy. They are bright and cheery, conjuring feelings of positivism. Yellow roses are the perfect "Get well soon" color due to this optimism! Also giving yellow roses tells someone you enjoy and appreciate their friendship. However, never send yellow roses to someone you are romantically interested in because this suggests you would prefer to stay in the friend zone. If you are in the friend zone, but would like to suggest hopes of future romance, give a yellow rose with red tinged petals.

 Purple-Lavender Roses
Purple-Lavender Roses

Purple-Lavender Roses

Lavender roses are one of the more uncommon colors which makes them an intriguing eye catcher. Lavender roses mean “love at first sight” coupled with a sense of enchantment. The red rose can also be associated with this meaning, but the message is much more direct with lavender roses.

Peach Roses
Peach Roses

Peach Roses

Gratitude and appreciation are fabulous feelings to express to one another. Give a bouquet of peach roses to showcase your way of saying "thank you" and "I appreciate you!"

Orange Roses
Orange Roses

Orange Roses

The stunning orange rose is a literal mixture of yellow and red. It is the blending yellow's friendly association along with red's romantic implication. This results in a subtler, more intriguing meaning of love emerging from friendship. However, that’s not the only message the orange rose implies. Due to its fiery color, the orange rose is appropriate for sending any message of enthusiasm beyond relationship intrigue such as, thank you, empowerment or congratulations.

Black Roses
Black Roses

Black Roses

Black is the color of sadness, death, farewell and endings. That is why many people consider black roses to symbolize bereavement, loss and mortality which is why they are often used at funerals. Because black symbolizes death and passing away, it can also indicate the death of old habits and an old way of life. With a positive spin, black roses may inspire confidence and enthusiasm by symbolizing the birth of a new era. it can also symbolize a dead relationship. Again, this can be viewed with a positive lens, for where there is an ending, there is also a new beginning.

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Rose Color CombinationsRose Color Combinations
Rose Color Combinations
Rose Color Combinations
Rose Color Combinations
Rose Color Combinations

Rose Color Combinations

Perhaps you have more to say than only the meaning of one color. Simply combine rose colors to say more! For example, a yellow rose tinged with red says we are friends with romantic possibilities, or I'm hoping for more than just friends... If multi-colored petals aren't an option, have the bouquet contain roses of multiple colors, each with it's unique meaning.

What Does the Number of Roses You Give Someone Symbolize?

Now that you're familiar with rose color varieties and what each one means when given as a gift, let's take a look at quantity. Did you know that the number of roses you give someone also adds special meaning to the gesture?

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One RoseTwo RosesSix RosesNine Roses12 Roses13 Roses24 Roses60 RosesNo matter how many roses you give, they are sure to be appreciated.
One Rose
One Rose
Two Roses
Two Roses
Six Roses
Six Roses
Nine Roses
Nine Roses
12 Roses
12 Roses
13 Roses
13 Roses
24 Roses
24 Roses
60 Roses
60 Roses
No matter how many roses you give, they are sure to be appreciated.
No matter how many roses you give, they are sure to be appreciated.
  • 1 Rose: A single rose of any color is a way to say "thank you". A single red rose means "only you" or "you're still the one."
  • 2 Roses: Two roses entwined together mean "marry me". For instance, a red and white rose entwined means unity.
  • 6 Roses: Six roses signify a need to be loved or cherished or desire to love and cherish another "I want to be yours."
  • 9 Roses: Nine roses mean "I want to be with you forever."
  • 12 Roses: A dozen (12) roses assure the recipient they are truly and deeply loved. They say "be mine" if the roses are red.
  • 13 Roses: Thirteen roses indicate a secret admirer.
  • 15 Roses: Fifteen roses mean "I'm sorry."
  • 24 Roses: Two dozen (24) roses mean "I am yours forever."
  • 60 Roses: Five dozen (60) roses mean your wallet knows no bounds!

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