The Meaning of Rose Colors

Alright, so two years ago was a very special Valentine’s Day for me.  I proposed, she said “Yes!” and we got married four months later.  (I love you, Julie!)  To commemorate the occasion, I got her a dozen red roses … and, of course, a ring.  Like any great multitasker, I also used the opportunity to get photos to write a post about caring for cut roses.  This Valentine’s Day, I want to take a look at the meaning behind roses.  The meaning of roses?  They mean love right?  Yes.  However, roses of different colors can have different meanings too.

I have a confession to make.  My wife and I watch The Bachelor. I think I like it more than her, but for totally different reasons.  It is the best comedy on television!  I think the producers are wise to this. That’s how the crazies stick around for so long!  We all know they made Ben keep Lace around for the ratings.  Anyhow, I think Ben should give out colored roses to let the ladies know how he feels.  That would really crank the drama up to 11.  Here’s why…

(Note: If you watch the show and missed the last episode, there are spoilers.)



The “first impression” rose.  Lavender represents love at first-sight and enchantment.  It is the Olivia of roses, but without the weird toes.  (Her words, not mine, in case you don’t watch the show.)


The friendzone of roses.  When it comes to sending a joyful message, yellow roses are your best friend. In fact, yellow roses are a traditional symbol of friendship, so there you go. With their warm, sunny disposition, a bouquet of yellow roses tends to light up the room, making them a perfect way to say thanks, get well, congratulations or just, “Hey, thanks for being you.  You get to stick around for one more week …. Maybe.”


With their blazing energy, orange roses are the wild child of the rose family. Whatever feelings you might be bubbling over with—enthusiasm, passion, gratitude—orange roses will get the message across with both oomph and elegance.  “Dates are always fun with you.  I want to get to know you more.”


“Believe me.”  Peach represents modesty, sweetness, and truthfulness.  I don’t think we would be seeing many peach roses on The Bachelor.  It’s pretty much the opposite of Leah, who Ben sent packing in this last episode.  Although, she has since apologized for trying to sabotage Ben and Lauren B.


Purity, loyalty, and innocence.  Becca would get this rose.



Bright and beautiful to behold, but pink roses are also fabulously versatile when you have something important to say. A classic symbol of grace and elegance, the pink rose is often given as a token of admiration and appreciation.  As far as saying something important, I think Ben would give this rose to Caila after Monday’s intense conversation during their date.


“The final rose.” Long associated with beauty and perfection, red roses are a time-honored way to say “I love you.”  We still have a few more episodes to find out who gets this rose.