Valentine’s Day: The meanings of roses

By Stephanie Caputo, Staff Writer

One of the best ways to tell someone how much they mean to you is by giving them the classic gift of roses. Whether you are pronouncing your love, or just saying thank you, there is a rose color that can represent any message you would like to tell. Here are what some classic rose colors represent.

Red: The most classic color of rose on Valentine’s Day is the red rose. The perfect gift for your significant other, this rose represents romance and love. It is also the symbol of beauty.

White: The white rose, like a wedding dress, represents purity. It is a flower used to symbolize innocence, and often used as a symbol for religion and even honor. Try giving this to an honored family member.

Pink: This gentle flower is great for letting someone know you appreciate them. It is known to represent admiration, and gratitude.  It can also sometimes represent sympathy or joy. Some say that the deeper the pink, the deeper the emotion.

Yellow: This is a well known symbol for Joy and friendship. It is a great gift for friends to show that your friendship means a lot to you.

Blue: This unnatural color of rose usually symbolizes doing the impossible or uniqueness. It can also symbolize mystery. This is a color meant for someone truly special.

Orange: The striking orange rose represents desire, passion and excitement. This can be a good gift to let someone know you want to get to know them better.

Purple: This rose represents enchantment, or love at first sight. Try substituting the red rose with this color for something new to try.

Black: Be sure to stear clear of black roses, unless you really need to get the message across that it’s over. These roses usually symbolize death.

You can also try mixing any of these colors together to create your own special message. Some examples are:

White and Red: Unity

Red and Yellow: Congratulations

Choosing the color is important, but you can also try playing around with the amount of roses to give. I wouldn’t give too many though, it may come off as overwhelming.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day, and good luck!