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What Message Is Your Rose Sending?

A guide on the symbolisms of the various colours and number of roses to buy for your significant other.
ST701 Editorial Team - February 6, 2013
By: Joanne Tan Ting Yuan
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What Message Is Your Rose Sending?

Since a long time ago, roses have been a traditional and popular gift to be given to ladies on Valentine’s Day and other joyous occasions. Girls and ladies alike love roses and the idea of receiving them, as flowers expresses the feelings which people have when they fall short of words.

Dear gentlemen, if you think a rose is just a rose, then you are very wrong. Behind each different coloured petal and stalks of roses lie different messages that will be sent to your partner.

Here is a quick guide to what different coloured roses represent.


Red roses have always been a classic year round favourite. They are the best blooms you can give if you want to express your deep feelings for someone special as they are the ultimate symbol of sincere, romantic love and enduring passion. In short, red roses is a time-honoured way to say “I love you” to your true love.


To say “Thank you”, all you need are deep pink roses. Light pink roses usually express fun and happiness while pale pink roses connote grace, gentleness and gratitude.


Yellow roses indicate friendship and freedom with the element of care and joy. They are most appropriate if you want to send congratulations for joyous occasions such as weddings, graduations, new mothers and etc.


Lavender, being a mesmerising colour, is a symbol of love at first sight and total enchantment. They are a way to compliment your loved one by telling them that they are alluring and irresistible, and it simply says “I have fallen in love with you and am enchanted by you.”


The creamy white petals are traditionally associated with new beginnings and marriages. For now, white roses symbolise more of truth, purity, innocence and unity, giving your partner an assurance of loyalty. They also stand for remembrance, so if you want to tell someone “I miss you”, white roses will be definitely be the most appropriate.


Peach roses, like pale pink roses, speak of appreciation and gratitude. They are the best roses if you want to thank your mothers for their years of care and concern.


The bright and rich orange petals just scream enthusiasm and a strong desire on the part of the sender. Let the orange roses do the talking if you are shy to tell the recipient “I desire you” or “I desire to get to know you better”.


Blue roses are very hard to reproduce or find. In a way, they express the element of ‘mystery’ and ‘attaining the impossible’. To be creative, you can also attempt to combine different coloured roses to send several messages at once.

White + Yellow

What message do you send when you combine white and yellow roses? It is none other than harmony between each other, which is very important.

Red + Yellow

Red roses when combined with yellow roses usually signify happiness and celebrations.

Red + White

With the red roses symbolising deep love and the white roses symbolising unity, put them together and you will get a new meaning of bonding and harmony.

Yellow + Orange

Yellow and orange roses bring together a whole new meaning of passionate thoughts.

Here is a quick guide to what different numbers of roses represent. Buy the correct amount to truly express your feelings.

1 Rose: Love at first sight; You are the only one

2 Roses: Mutual love and affection between both of us, deeply in love with each other

3 Roses: I love you

6 Roses: Infatuation; I want to be yours

9 Roses: An eternal love; Together forever

10 Roses: Perfect love

11 Roses: The only one I love most in my life

12 Roses: Be mine

13 Roses: I secretly admire you

15 Roses: I am truly sorry, please forgive me

21 Roses: I am devoted to you

24 Roses: I think about you 24 hours every day

25 Roses: Congratulations to you

36 Roses: I am heads over heels in love with you

40 Roses: My love for you is genuine

99 Roses: I will love you as long as I live

100 Roses: We will stay harmoniously together in a century and remain devoted to one another till ripe old age

101 Roses: You are my one and only love

108 Roses: Please marry me

111 Roses: You are my eternal love

365 Roses: I cannot stop thinking about you, each and every day

999 Roses: Everlasting and Eternal love

1001 Roses: Infinite love

Now that you know the true meaning of roses, you will not go wrong.

With the air soon to be filled with the love of Valentine’s Day, surprise your loved one with an eye-popping bouquet with the correct message sent. Rest assured, it will definitely leave a lasting impression on her.

Here is a list of florists to help you get started.

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