The symbolism of rose colors is steeped in tradition. Over thousands of years, people have used the various colors of roses to convey a variety of emotions, from affection to sympathy to undying love. Before you spring for a bouquet this Valentine’s Day, you might want to think about what message you’re trying to send.
Red is traditionally the color of love, beauty, courage and respect, romantic love and, congratulations, and a single red rose is used to say, “I love you.”
Dark red or deep burgundy symbolizes unconscious beauty.
Pink roses signal appreciation, thanks, grace, perfect happiness, admiration, gentleness, and can also be used to say, “please believe me.”
White roses symbolize purity, innocence, silence, secrecy, reverence, humility, youthfulness, worthiness, heavenliness, and are a favorite for weddings and bridal bouquets.
Yellow roses are used to indicate friendship, joy, gladness, delight, new beginnings, welcome back, jealousy and caring.
Yellow roses with a red tip symbolize friendship and falling in love.
Orange roses signify desire and enthusiasm.
Red and white roses given together demonstrate unity.
Red and yellow roses together demonstrate happy feelings.
Lavender roses are a symbol of enchantment, and love at first sight.
Coral roses indicate desire.
Black roses are a rose of another color. They are used to signify death, sadness, bereavement and farewell, and are often used in funeral arrangements. They may also be sent to the living, as an ominous warning, or reflection of a desire on the part of the sender that the receiver might soon perish unexpectedly. Black roses are also symbolic of dark magic, evil, witchcraft, and revenge, and play a role in numerous works of fiction and fantasy.
Apart from a few extremely rare and exotic varieties, black roses, by and large, are not actually black, by nature. They start out as a very dark shade of red, purple or maroon. Cut roses are placed in a vase of water mixed with black floral dye, and as they absorb the water, they darken in color. Alternatively, they may be dipped in a dye solution or sprayed with a floral spray paint, which is a faster, yet messier method of creating truly black roses.
Black roses are also a favorite of goth girls, so if your sweetheart is into the black nail polish and spiked dog collars, a bouquet of black roses might actually be a hit, as long as they’re live black roses, not wilted or dried out with a dead rodent thrown in the box for good measure…
Or, you could just bring her to Cutting Edge Haunted House on Valentine’s Day Weekend, open Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. Because nothing says “I love you” like a bloodcurdling scream…