The Meaning of Every Rose Color

Whatever you do, don't send your S.O. yellow roses.

Rose Color Meanings
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You've probably heard that "a rose is a rose is a rose," but the Victorians beg to differ. The language of flowers first gained popularity in the mid-1800s, and flower meanings still carry weight today. Follow this guide to pick the Valentine's Day blooms that best sum up how you really feel about your loved one.

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Red Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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Red Roses

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

SHOP RED ROSES

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White Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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White Roses

It might be best to save these beauties for a more somber moment. Generally associated with marriage and spirituality, they actually mean "a heart unacquainted with love."

SHOP WHITE ROSES

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Yellow Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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Yellow Roses

You wouldn't think it's cruel to gift someone a bouquet, but these sunny flowers imply jealousy and infidelity. In modern times, however, this variety is associated with friendship and cheer due to the vibrant color.

SHOP YELLOW ROSES

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Pink Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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Pink Roses

Deliver the gift of grace and elegance when you send your sweetheart these pretty blooms.

SHOP PINK ROSES

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Blue Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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Blue Roses

Since blue roses aren't exactly natural, they symbolize mystery and intrigue. A perfect option for a secret admirer, no?

SHOP BLUE ROSES

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Rainbow Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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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."

SHOP RAINBOW ROSES

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Peach Roses

Sweet and understated, this variety signifies modesty, sincerity, and gratitude. Send these flowers in place of a thank you note to tell people how you really feel.

SHOP PEACH ROSES

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Orange Roses
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Salmon Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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Salmon Roses

Pinker than orange and darker than peach, salmon blooms suggest "desire and excitement." That makes them perfect for budding relationships.

SHOP SALMON ROSES

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Cream Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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Cream Roses

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

SHOP CREAM ROSES

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Purple Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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Purple Roses

This unique hue symbolizes pride and enchantment. Even better, they're tied to royalty, which is perfect for your friend who's obsessed with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's whirlwind romance.

SHOP PURPLE FLOWERS

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Dark Pink Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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Dark Pink Roses

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

SHOP DARK PINK ROSES

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Burgundy Rose - Rose Color Meanings
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Burgundy Roses

Though it may not be as striking as the classic red rose, this merlot shade is winter-appropriate and represents "unconscious beauty."

SHOP BURGUNDY ROSES

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Green Roses - Rose Color Meanings
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Green Roses

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

SHOP GREEN ROSES

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