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The Meaning of Every Rose Color

Though people didn't necessarily send secret messages through bouquets, the meanings were still important during the Victorian era


Be careful sending those yellow ones ...


"A rose by any other name" may smell as sweet, but don't let its color fool you. Those petals are trying to tell you something, and it's not always romantic.
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The Language of Flowers


You've probably heard that "a rose is a rose is a rose," but while perfectly poetic, the Victorians wholeheartedly disagree. Though people didn't necessarily send secret messages through bouquets, the meanings were still important during the Victorian era. We think this bit of historical trivia is pretty charming, so we explored this flower dictionary so you know exactly what you're getting into if you give flowers this Valentine's Day.

Red Roses


If you planned on delivering this classic choice to your significant other, you're in luck. It means "love.

Light Pink Roses


Deliver the gift of "grace" when you send a friend these sweet blooms.
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Peach Roses


These bashful beauties signify "modesty."

Orange Roses


An energetic, curious color comes with a meaning to match: "fascination."
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Salmon Roses


Pinker than orange and darker than peach, salmon blooms suggest "desire and excitement." Ooh la la!

Yellow Roses


You wouldn't think it cruel to gift someone a bouquet, but these sunny flowers imply "infidelity."
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White Roses


But maybe save these babies for a melancholy moment. They mean "a heart unacquainted with love."

Cream Roses


Don't be fooled — an off-white takes on a different definition than its starker cousin. Ivory indicates both charm and thoughtfulness, says Passion Growers.
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Purple Roses


A quirkier hue calls for a quirkier meaning; violet shades lend themselves to "enchantment."

Dark Pink Roses


A light blush hints at grace, but a more intense hue signifies "gratitude and appreciation," according to Teleflora.
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Burgundy Roses


Though it may not be as striking as the classic red rose, this deeper shade is more subtle and represents "unconscious beauty."

Green Roses


If both the petals and the stem take on a verdant shade, good news: Green means a "constant rejuvenation of spirit."
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Rainbow Roses


While the Victorians probably wouldn't know what to say about these modern creations, maybe take cue from Shakespeare instead: "To paint the lily ... is a wasteful and ridiculous excess."

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