The Blossoms Collection: Meaning of Roses by Color and Number

The radiant rose is one of the world's most popular flowers. It is, and has been, closely linked to love and affection in many cultures throughout history, and it is the most popular flower featured in bridal bouquets, and one of the chosen flowers to give Mom on Mother’s Day. 

Although the most popular rose color is red, the flower comes in a variety of colors with each having its own meaning.

Roses Meaning by Color
Red roses symbolize love and romance

  • Pink roses symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration, and joy.

  • Orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and passion.

  • Yellow roses symbolize friendship.

  • White roses symbolize innocence and purity. 

Roses Meaning by Color
When giving roses to someone, the number of roses given also has a specific meaning as well.

  • One rose symbolizes love at first sight.

  • Two roses symbolize shared and deep love.

  • Three roses says “I love you”.

  • Six roses says “I want to be yours”.

  • Seven roses says “I’m infatuated with you”.

  • Nine roses symbolize eternal love.

  • Ten roses says “You’re perfect”.

    Victorian Era Rose Meanings
    During the Victorian era, floriography, also known as the language of flowers, was a popular form of secret communication during a time when the proper etiquette was to discourage open displays of emotion and affection.  Flower meanings were taken from mythology, literature, and medieval legends, and even derived from the shapes of the flowers themselves.

    Roses were very popular during the Victorian era, and for them, the color of the rose was associated with the level of affection.

    • White roses were associated with innocent love.

    • Pink roses were associated with new romances.

    • Red roses were associated with deep love and passion.

    This beautiful flower has provided inspiration for centuries. It has deep roots in Greek mythology, where it is said roses originated from the blood of Adonis as he was slain by a boar while hunting, and wherever his blood touched the ground a rose grew.

    It represents two warring families, each looking to rule England, in The War of the Roses. And, it also inspired William Shakespeare in his play, Romeo and Juliet, which contains one of the most popular quotes on roses: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

    Each rose in the Blossoms Collection is completely hand-sculpted where I form and texture each petal so that each rose will look slightly different from the others. This is my intention because just like in nature, no two flowers are ever exactly alike.

    And although my roses are not colored, and do not come in bouquets, you can imply any meaning you want with them.  Because, unlike real roses, these roses won't wither and fade as long as you take care of them and keep them polished.