Rose flower meanings by color and numbers should inform the gift you intend to get someone. Although it could be an innocent mistake, you don’t want to convey the wrong message. That being said, I must admit that rose flowers are the most common flowers in the world. Roses are not only beautiful to look at but also sweet to smell.
I know you must have watched a movie scene with sweet background music and a romantic setting and a love-struck lady is handed a rose by a handsome gentleman. And she smells it with her eyes closed like she spent her entire life waiting for this particular moment. The two lovebirds then stare at each other with googly eyes, and the kiss is almost always inevitable.
History of Rose Flowers
Fossil evidence has been used to indicate that roses are about 35 million years old. Garden cultivation of roses is estimated to be about 5,000 years and is thought to have begun in China. Today, there are hundreds of rose species and thousands of cultivars found in almost all parts of the world.
Famous writers mention rose flowers in their writing, for example, Shakespeare mentioned roses in Romeo and Juliet. The famous poet Robert Burns also wrote a poem about the beauty of the red rose.
Over the years, the different colors of roses have been used to symbolize different messages. The red rose bears much significance compared to the roses of other colors. The red roses have been used over the centuries to send a strong message of love (not the kind you have for your parents or siblings!).
Although many people have given and received roses as a gift for valentine’s day, anniversaries, birthdays or just because, a good number still do not know the meaning associated with the roses. Let’s look at some of the common rose color meaning and numbers.
Rose color meaning and numbers
Rose colors and their meanings
Red rose flowers color is used to express deep emotions of love, passion, romance, longing, and desire “I Love You”. What most people don’t know is that when the roses are bright red, they signify a love that is fulfilled. However, when they are dark in color, say burgundy, they signify the love that is a one-sided or unconscious beauty. You can also use the red roses to convey devotion, admiration, respect, and courage “Job Well Done”.
Yellow rose flowers color is used to express friendship, joy, delight, gladness, and care. So, guys, these are not the flowers you want to send to your crush unless you want to be friend-zoned. You should use them for platonic emotions such as “welcome back”, “remember me”, “I care”, and sometimes even associated with “jealousy”.
Roses that are yellow with red tips are used to indicate friendship that is developing into love.
White rose flowers color is used to express innocence, humility, purity, reverence, secrecy, and chastity. You can use them to convey new beginnings as well as sympathy.
Pink rose flowers color is used to express admiration, elegance, joy, and grace. Just like calla lilies, the pink color is also used to express gratitude.
The hue is used to symbolize different things. Light pink roses are used to indicate sympathy, sweetness, and gladness.
While the dark pink indicates gratitude and appreciation “Thank you”, the kind you send someone who helped you out.
Orange rose flowers color is used to express energy and passion, desire and enthusiasm. You can use the orange roses to convey intense pride, desire, and fascination.
The rose colors are often mixed to communicate different things. White and red to signify unity, red and yellow to signify happy feelings.
The lavender rose flowers color is used to express enchantment. These are the roses you want to send someone you have loved at first sight (that is if you believe in it!). The deep shades of lavender roses are associated with splendor, adoration and regal majesty.
The blue rose flowers color is used to express the unattainable. The perfect blue rose is unavailable in nature and hence its frequent use in art and literature to express things that are too difficult to achieve.
The black rose flower is fictional and does not exist in nature. Majority of the roses depicted as black are actually, deep maroons or purple. black roses are used to symbolize death or loss.
A faded rose is used to symbolize the fleeting nature of beauty. While a withered white rose is used to symbolize lost innocence or death.
Rose Flowers Number Meanings
|Rose Color and number||Meaning|
|One red rose||I love you or You are the one for me|
|Two red roses||Let us be together or Intertwined means marry me|
|Six red roses||Half-way in love with you|
|Twelve red roses||Be mine|
|Thirteen red roses||Secret admirer|
|Twenty-five red roses||Congratulations|
|Fifty red roses||My love for you is limitless|
|One white rose||My feelings are pure|
|One pink rose||I like you|
|One lavender rose||You enchant me|
|One orange rose||I am proud of you|
|One peach rose||Thank you|
|One yellow rose||Let’s just be friends or you bring joy in my life|
|One yellow rose with red tips||I am falling in love with you|
It is clear that you can choose different colored roses to communicate the desired message in a creative way.
I know am not the only one who was thinking that 25 red roses are too pricey just to say congratulations.
Just to add, if the person you are giving the roses accepts them with the right hand, it can be interpreted to mean that they are in agreement with you. However, if they accept it with the left hand they disagree. Do people really know this?
Rose Flowers Varieties
Understanding rose flowers varieties is especially important for gardeners and florists. The growing habits of the roses are different and it is important to know which variety you are planting or ordering. There are over 150 species of roses not to mention the thousands of hybrids.
Rose varieties are divided into 3 main categories: Modern roses, Old Garden roses and, wild or species roses & their hybrids.
Modern Roses are those varieties bred after the late 1860s. The idea that most people have when roses are mentioned is the modern roses.
The classification of Modern Roses is not straightforward, the majority of the varieties have Old Garden Roses in their ancestry. However, the classification is primarily based on growth and flowering traits.
For example, one of the distinguishing characteristics between Old Garden Roses and Modern Roses is that Old Garden Roses bloom once a year while the Modern Roses bloom continuously.
The Modern Roses also have a larger bloom size and longer shelf life. However, they lack fragrance and are less hardy and disease resistant compared to the Old Garden Roses.
Modern Roses are a broad mix which includes the following types:
Miniature roses are perfectly formed small roses. In most of the cases, the miniature roses look like diminutive Floribundas or Hybrid Tea.
There are also varieties that resemble the Old Rose blossoms with double and semi-double blossoms.
The landscape roses are often used to refer to all shrub roses which are commonly used for landscaping. Some of the characteristics used to identify them include, being hardy, pest and disease-resistant, have repeat-flowering and require little to no care.
They come in an incredibly diverse range of colors and can be distinguished by their long, strong stems. The flowers also have large, high, pointed buds that produce repeat blooms. Hybrid Tea roses can be susceptible to disease and winter kill.
Other examples of modern roses include the Floribunda, Grandiflora, Hybrid Musk, Hybrid Rugosa, climbing roses, Mini-flora and Polyantha.
Wild roses are also known as species roses and are mostly large climbing or shrub-like roses. They also have single, flat flowers which bloom in late spring or early summer followed by seeds in autumn.
For those who vert particular about the classifications, Species rose is used to refer to natural wild roses that haven’t been hybridized. The plants are extremely hardy and survive on minimal maintenance.
This type of roses also has five-petal flowers that bloom in early summer. Majority of the species roses grow quite large and may form thickets if not controlled. Wild roses can be found in different regions in the Northern Hemisphere. Fossil records have been used to date them as far back as 30-40 million years!
The wild blooms are usually found in white, pink and red coloring.
This category of roses is native to Asia. It has also been listed as invasive in some regions northeastern of the USA. Originally, the roses were introduced to manage soil erosion, as hedges and food for wildlife.
However, the flower’s vigor and hardiness caused it to spread rapidly choking out native plants.
The multiflora blooms once per year in late spring or early summer. It has trusses of white, honey-scented blossoms which mature into a multitude of bright red seeds in autumn. The species multiflora is often used as a rootstock for grafting roses.
The species is native to China. This rose bears red flowers which mature into large seeds which are high in vitamin C.
The rose forms winter hardy plants while hybrids of the species form large, broad shrubs which are often found in shades of red, pink or white.
Other examples of Wild Roses include; Rosa woodsia, Rosa setigera, and Rosa Canina.
Old Garden Roses
Old Garden roses are also called antique or heritage roses. These types of roses have been in existence since 1867 without being changed.
The Old roses flower once, in early summer and are generally recognized through their strong fragrance. They are extremely hardy and require little or no pruning.
Old Garden roses are sometimes referred to as “French roses”. The group has one of the oldest cultivated species of roses with examples stretching back as early as the 12th century.
Examples of old garden roses include:
The species is native to southern Europe. The flowers are characterized by white, fragrant, single-petaled flowers which bloom in summer followed by orange-red seeds in autumn.
They have light pink to white fragrant blossoms which emerge from upright shrubs with blue-grey-green foliage. Albas roses are known for tolerating shadier conditions, they are cold-hardy. The flowers also bloom once per year in the late spring or early summer.
Rugosa roses have been used extensively in breeding programs. They are useful in developing roses that are being bred to withstand less than ideal growing conditions such as colder temperatures.
The Rugosa roses are preferred because they are incredibly hardy and easy to naturalize.
The flowers are characterized by strongly scented blossoms and wrinkled, feather-like leaves. It also forms a dense thicket-like shrub with single-petaled blossoms which mature into seeds that are big almost the size of cherry tomatoes.
The species is native to Japan.
The roses are fragrant and also bloom once per year. They can form a dense, thick shrub that can reach heights of about 4-5 feet. The shrubs are prone to suckering.
Gallica roses produce amazing blooms that can be found in various shades ranging from light pink to deep pink. The roses also have dark wine colors and even striped colorations.
The roses are tolerant of shade, poor soils, and cold winters.
Other examples of Old Garden Roses include Lady Banks, Yolande d’Aragon, Francis Dubreuil, and Baronne Prevost.
Know this: Did you know that roses were once used as a form of currency?