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rose meanings

Over thousands of years the divine beauty and fragrance of roses has inspired the language of roses. Whether you are after a particular rose colour or particular number of rose stems, you can personalise your gift with deeper sentiment.
On romantic holidays such as Valentine’s Day, the red rose is the most sought after flower and while it universally signifies passionate love, it also signifies various other meanings.
Use our guide to help express your feelings.
Rose colour
Rose meaning
Yellow rose
Joy, gladness, friendship, delight, promise of a new beginning, welcome back, remember me, jealousy, ‘I care’
White bridal rose
Happy love
White rose
Purity, innocence, silence, secrecy, reverence, humility, youthfulness, ‘I am worthy of you’, heavenly,  honesty
Thornless rose
‘Love at first sight’
Single rose – any colour
Simplicity, gratitude
Red single rose
‘I love you’
Red rosebud
Symbolic of purity and loveliness
Red dark rose
Unconscious beauty
Red & yellow rose
Jovial and happy feelings
Red & white rose
Given together, these signify unity
Red rose
Love, beauty, courage and respect, romantic love, congratulations, ‘I love you’, ‘job well done’, sincere love, respect, courage and passion.
Pink rose
Appreciatioin, ‘thank you’, grace, perfect happiness, admiration, gentleness, ‘please believe me, charm
Peach rose
Appreciation, closing the deal, let’s get together, sincereity, gratitude
Pale peach rose
Orange rose
Desire, enthusiasm, admiration, fascination
Enthusiasm, desire, fascination
Light pink rose
Admiration, sympathy, gentleness, grace, gladness, joy, sweetness
Lavender rose
Love at first sight, enchantment, fantasy
Deep burgandy rose
Unconscious beauty
Dark pink rose
Appreciation, gratitude, ‘thank you'
Cream rose
Grace, charm, admiration
Coral rose
Rose colours are not the only way you can express yourself and send a message full of meaning. You can convey your feelings when you send different roses, buds or if the number of roses vary. For example, a closed red bud is symbolic of purity and loveliness. A thornless rose can be sent to show your adoration for someone you've just met.
  • A single red rose - Symbolises love at first sight, 'you are the one', 'I still love you'
  • 2 red roses - Can be sent to show mutual love and affection, deeply in love
  • 3 red roses - 'I love you'
  • 6 red roses- Send six roses to display your infatuation, 'I want to be yours'
  • 7 red roses - 'I'm infatuated with you'
  • 9 red roses - an eternal love, together as long as we live
  • 10 red roses - 'You are perfect'
  • 11 red roses - 'You are my treasured one, the one I love most in my life'
  • 12 red roses - A dozen roses to ask 'Be Mine'
  • 13 red roses - Secret admirer, sent to show an everlasting friendship
  • 15 red roses - Make an apology with 15 roses, 'I'm truly sorry please forgive me'
  • 20 red roses - 'I am sincere towards you'
  • 21 red roses - 'I am devoted to you'
  • 24 red roses - 'can't stop thinking about you 24 hours a day', 'I'm always yours' (popular bridal gift from groom)
  • 25 red roses - Send 25 roses to congratulation someone on their achievement
  • 33 red roses - saying 'I love you' with great affection
  • 36 red roses - 3 dozen roses to symbolise 'Head over heels in love', 'I will remember our romantic moments'
  • 40 red roses - 'My love for you is genuine'
  • 50 or more red roses - For a love that has no end, send a bouquet filled with 50 (or more) elegant roses.
  • 99 red roses - 'I will love you for as long as I live'
  • 100 red roses - Harmoniously together in a century, devoted as couple till ripe old age
  • 101 red roses - 'You are my one and only love'
  • 108 red roses - 'Please marry me'
  • 365 red roses - 'Can't stop thinking about you each and every day'
  • 999 red roses - Everlasting and eternal love
Whatever the occasion, Lillypad will help you send roses for Valentines, anniversaries, wedding congratulations and every other event, simply order online or contact us for a custom order.