What do the different colors of roses signify?

  • Red: love
  • Pink: grace, gentle feelings of love
  • Dark Pink: gratitude Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
  • White: innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility.
  • Yellow: Yellow roses generally mean dying love or platonic love or friendship. In German-speaking countries, however, they can mean jealousy and infidelity.
  • Yellow with red tips: Friendship, falling in love
  • Orange: passion or celebration
  • Burgundy: beauty
  • Blue: mystery
  • Green: calm
  • Black: slavish devotion (impossible to get unless a very deep red)
  • Purple: protection (defense)

Answer: The rose has come a long way and its journey is far from ending. Many new techniques of breeding and cultivation are integrated into this industry. Most of the shades are a result of various methods of crossbreeding. Did you know that while people speak of "red" roses true red flowers were originally absent from the rose family? The family lacks the gene that causes red pigment. The bright red color is a result of genetic mutation about 1930, eventually resulting in the vibrant-red colors seen in roses today. The gene for producing blue, delphinidin does not occur naturally in the rose family. However, after years of research by an Australian company, a "blue" rose was created in 2004 using genetic engineering. Further effort is needed though to achieve a bluer hue. See 10/07 Awake on Jehovah's Witnesses official website.