This Valentine’s Day, nearly 200 million roses will be sold — that’s right, 200 million! To put that in perspective, that’s enough to give every other person in the United States a single rose, and there would still be a few million flowers left over.
While there’s no denying most of us associate Valentine’s Day with red roses and romantic love, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of all kinds of love. So if you’re looking to send some love to a friend or family member, you can still reach for roses, as a rose’s coloring determines the meaning behind the gesture.
Say, “I love you,” “I’m grateful for you,” or, “I think you’re unique,” with different colored roses.
What they say: “I love you.”
If movies, TV shows, poems, and plays have taught us anything, it’s that red roses are the symbol of deep, passionate, romantic love. As the most popular flower sold on Valentine’s Day, giving someone a bouquet of red roses is a clear sign that you’ve caught the love bug.
Pale Pink Roses
What they say: “I appreciate you.”
A bouquet of light pink roses says, “I appreciate everything you do for me.” The gentle nature of pale pink roses makes them the perfect gift for mothers, sisters, and close friends.
Bright Pink Roses
What they say: “I’m grateful you’re in my life.”
Deep pink roses make an excellent choice for close friends on Valentine’s Day, as they symbolize happiness, gratefulness, and appreciation.
What they say: “I always knew you were the one.”
If you and your loved one have a storybook, love at first sight romance, purple roses are the flowers for you. With ties to nobility and royalty, purple roses tell the one you love that she is the most important woman in your life and your Queen.
What they say: “You’re special and unique.”
Blue roses are incredibly rare because they’re engineered rather than grown naturally. For this reason, gifting someone blue roses tells them that they’re unique, one-of-a-kind, and truly special.
What they say: “You’re a great friend.”
Tell your best friend that there’s no one else you’d rather have by your side than them with the help of a few yellow roses. Yellow roses’ sunny demeanor and positive attitude make the perfect gift for anyone you care about.
What they say: “I’m falling in love with you.”
If you’re looking to take your relationship with someone from friendship to romance, hint to that with a bouquet of orange roses. With yellow roses representing friendship and red roses representing love, orange roses are thought of as the bridge from friends to lovers.
What they say: “You’re the one for me.”
Ah, young love. If you think you’ve found the person for you, but it’s still a bit early in the relationship, send them a bouquet of elegant and classic white roses.
What they say: This one is up for debate.
Black roses are one of the very few rose colors that holds several, sometimes contradictory, meanings. While some believe black roses symbolize the ending of a relationship, others find them unique and representative of passion and lust. Black roses have also been featured in stories as being closely related to black or dark magic. While it’s typically impossible to go wrong with sending roses, you may want to check with your partner before ordering black roses, to ensure they’ll appreciate the gift.
What they say: “You’re everything to me.”
Looking for a way to break from tradition, while still remaining fun and passionate? Look no further than kaleidoscope roses! With a bit of every color in their petals, kaleidoscope roses tell your partner that they’re simultaneously your best friend and lover, appreciated and respected, and most importantly, unique.