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Valentines Rose Colors and Traditional Meanings

Know what rose colors symbolize before sending a bouquet.

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Roses are the traditional gift given on Valentines Day, but they're certain to be well-received any time of year. But before you buy roses, know what message you're sending.

The color of a rose can have a very different meaning from what you intend. Whether you are sending a single rose or bouquets of the fragrant flower, there is an inherent message to the symbolism. To ensure that your love understands what the particular roses that you bestow mean, check this guide to rose colors and their meanings:

Red Roses
Red roses proclaim "I love you." They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. Florists can't keep up with Valentines Day demand for red roses, which makes them especially expensive in February. If this is the message you want to convey, no other rose color will do, so send fewer stems rather than changing the color. Buy Red Roses Online.

Yellow Roses
Yellow roses indicate friendship and freedom -- so don't send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting; you could actually be insulting the recipient! Yellow roses are also appropriate for sending congratulations to newlyweds, graduates, Texans, and new mothers. Buy Yellow Roses Online

Pale Pink Roses
Pale pink roses connote grace, gentleness, and gratitude. While they may look youthful and delicate, they are as sturdy as any other rose. Buy Pale Pink Roses Online

Light Pink Roses
A joy to behold, light pink roses express fun and happiness. Buy Light Pink Roses

Deep Pink Roses
Deep pink roses say "Thank you." They have also come to be associated with the fight against breast cancer. Buy Deep Pink Roses Online

Lilac Roses
Lilac roses indicate the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted. Buy Lilac Roses

White Roses
Pure white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also send other messages: "I miss you" and "You're heavenly." Buy White Roses Online

Peach Roses
Peach roses speak of appreciation and gratitude.Buy Peach Roses Online

Coral Roses
Coral roses express one thing with their passionate color: Desire. Buy Coral Roses Online

Orange Roses
Orange roses communicate enthusiasm and desire on the part of the sender. Buy Orange Roses Online

Dead Roses
Regardless of the original color, dead roses say "It's over" loud and clear. So don't let once-beautiful roses that dry up and turn an unappealing shade stick around too long.

COMBINED ROSES
Put two or more colors of roses together, and a new rose meaning arises: Buy Multi-Color Roses

White Roses + Yellow Roses
A symbol of harmony.

Red Roses + Yellow Roses
A message of happiness and celebration.

Red Roses + White Roses
An indication of bonding and harmony.

MORE ROSE SYMBOLISM
While roses are traditionally presented in bouquet form, these are also acceptable:

Single Red Rose
"I love you" (but I'm not going to go broke telling you).

Single Rose Any Color
"I thank you" (and I'm still not going to go broke saying so).

Two Roses Entwined
An engagement or marriage is imminent.

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