Choose the color of roses based on what you want to convey to that person. Also consider your relationship with him/her. Here are the traditional meanings of colored roses--but of course, work with your florist to be creative and start your own personal tradition.

Red: Love, Romance

Yellow: Joy, Friendship

Pink: Appreciation, Affection

Lavender: Enchantment, Love at First Sight

Blue: The Impossible, The Unattainable

Peach: Appreciation, Gratitude

Black: Death, Farewell

Orange: Worth, Enthusiasm

White: Marriage, Adoration

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4 Responses
  1. cmiles Says:


    I new what the red, white and black roses meant. But not the other colors, I learned something.

  2. Marc Lowery Says:

    Very interesting! A bit of good info for the last minute Valentine's Day shopper like myself! I am going to change from the traditional red this year and surprise my lady! Thanks J

  3. Eden ~ Lil Ejypt Says:

    I knew a lot of these too, but peach roses have always been my favorite. It's ironic that they symbolize gratitude. I've mentioned here before in a comment on gratitude that gratitude and humility are my favorite principles/values.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I am a romantic at heart. And, I especially like Valentines day. But not for the obvious reasons. Let me share this with you.

    When I was in grade school. perhaps the 5th grade, our teacher led us in making Valentine's day cards out of bright red constuction paper. We glued the paper together so that they would have a pocket to receive tiny cards and candy hard heart shaped candy with inscriptions like "Be my Valentine" and, "I think you are cute" After decorating our hearts. we then proceeded to hang them around the classroom.

    I was quite purposeful in making a beautiful heart. And that night, I was full of anticipation of the day to come.

    The next day when I got to school...I looked in my hung heart. There were no tiny hearts...not even a candy sweet to suck on! My teacher saw my distress and pulled me out of view of the other kids. She gently took my hand, looked me in the eyes and said, "Kevin Valentine, No matter how this day has come aboit, know that you are special to me." She gave me a big, warm, hug...a tiny card and, a sweet to suck on. I learned a great lesson that day.

    On Valentines day now, I send an assortment of exotic colored flowers from Hawaii to my femail freinds. Usually a sick and shut in elder who's familiy has lost touch, a single mom stuggling against the odds to raise or kids...or a single who just hasnt found that true love. My effort is simply to say...I see you...I love you...and you are NOT FORGOTTEN.

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