The Rose Color Meaning Behind Every Bouquet You Give To Someone

Are you sending (or receiving) the right message?

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Send the wrong color and you could be insinuating infatuation, friendship or even the death of a relationship (eek).

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Red Roses

Oh, you romantic, you. The classic red rose signifies (you guessed it) love, romance and your very deepest affection. 

Give to: The apple of your eye, the love of your life or that "friend" who hasn't gotten the ";) ;) ;)" hints yet. 

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White Roses

These pristine flowers communicate innocence, which is why they're often carried by brides on their wedding day. They can also convey a shared secret. 

Give to: The bride-to-be in your life. Or the best friend who has silently vowed to keep the happenings of your Vegas trip from '98 under wraps for all eternity. 

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Orange Roses

These energetic blooms convey passion and energy because they evoke the fiery blaze of the sun. 

Give to: That special someone when you're still in the "lust" phase. (Switch to red roses after those three little words.)

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Blue Roses

Since blue roses aren't found in nature, they signify that which cannot be attained. 

Give to: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Matthew McConaughey, etc. 

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Yellow Roses

Cheerful yellow roses indicate platonic friendship and have a particular undertone of "no romance here." 

Give to: Your child's piano teacher. Or that person who didn't seem to understand your well-rehearsed "Let's just be friends" speech. 

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Black roses

Though they can signify literal death, in the sense of relationships, black roses mean "this is officially over." 

Give to: The hairdresser who just butchered your haircut. Or the annoying debt collector who thinks your name is John Smith. Or that blind date who just ghosted you for the third time this year. 

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Pink Roses

Perhaps the most versatile of all the rose colors, pink can express gentle emotions, admiration, elegance and grace. 

Give to: The Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly in your life. 

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Green Roses

This hue signifies abundant growth, renewal and cheerfulness. 

Give to: The friend who captions every Instagram photo with "New beginnings!" or "Time for a fresh start!".

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Peach Roses

If you want to show gratitude or thankfulness to someone, express how you feel with a gentle peach rose.

Give to: The sweet office secretary who always clues you in on where important things like free food and extra staples are. 

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Lavender Roses

Not to be confused with purple roses (which would signify royalty), lavender roses express love at first sight or enchantment.

Give to: That dashing specimen of a human being that sits across from you on the subway every Monday morning. 

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