From romantic red to lovely lavender, here’s the hidden language of six of the most popular rose colors and their meaning.

a guide to rose colors and their meaning

red roses

  • love
  • romance
  • expresses desire and passion

pink roses

  • grace
  • elegance
  • expresses admiration

yellow roses

  • joy
  • friendship
  • expresses happiness and warmth

white roses

  • honor
  • reverence
  • expresses innocence and purity

orange roses

  • excitement
  • passion
  • expresses fervent romance

lavender roses

  • enchantment
  • expresses love at first site


Cheryl Says

Most people buy red and pink roses for Valentine’s Day, but I like to buy white ones because they’re just as beautiful, but a lot less expensive.