What Is the Meaning of Rose Colors & Numbers?

by Kim Dushinski

When you give roses to someone it is good to know that the color of the roses you choose carries significance. Similarly, the number of roses you give carries a meaning with it as well.

Red Roses

Typically, red roses symbolize romantic love. The most common number of roses to give is a dozen, and giving twelve red roses says, “I love you completely.” Giving six red roses implies a growing love.

Yellow Roses

Friendship is the message of yellow roses. A single yellow rose is inviting friendship or expressing gratitude for friendship. A bouquet of yellow roses symbolizes joy or warmth or sends get-well wishes.

Pink Roses

Pink roses represent gratitude and love. They may also be used to express sympathy. Giving a single pink rose says, “I like you,” while a dozen pink roses is saying “Be mine.”

White Roses

White roses are often used in weddings to represent purity and new beginnings. Ironically, white roses also symbolize remembrance and are given as sympathy arrangements as well. A single white rose is saying that the giver’s intentions are pure.

Orange Roses

Passion and energy are the messages of the orange rose. A single orange rose tells the recipient that you are proud of him or her.

About the Author

Kim Dushinski is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing. She has served as a mobile marketing trainer, marketing director at a travel agency, desktop publisher, business marketing consultant and partner in a book publicity firm.

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