"A rose by any other name" may smell as sweet, but don't let its color fool you. Those petals are trying to tell you something, and it's not always romantic.
You've probably heard that "a rose is a rose is a rose," but while perfectly poetic, the Victorians wholeheartedly disagree. Though people didn't necessarily send secret messages through bouquets, the meanings were still important during the Victorian era. We think this bit of historical trivia is pretty charming, so we explored this so you know exactly what you're getting into if you give flowers this Valentine's Day.
If you planned on delivering this classic choice to your significant other, you're in luck. It means "love."
Deliver the gift of "grace" when you send a friend these sweet blooms.
These bashful beauties signify "modesty."
An energetic, curious color comes with a meaning to match: "fascination."
Pinker than orange and darker than peach, salmon blooms suggest Ooh la la!
You wouldn't think it cruel to gift someone a bouquet, but these sunny flowers imply "infidelity."
But maybe save these babies for a melancholy moment. They mean "a heart unacquainted with love."
Don't be fooled — an off-white takes on a different definition than its starker cousin. Ivory indicates both charm and thoughtfulness, says .
A quirkier hue calls for a quirkier meaning; violet shades lend themselves to "enchantment."
A light blush hints at grace, but a more intense hue signifies "gratitude and appreciation," according to .
Though it may not be as striking as the classic red rose, this deeper shade is more subtle and represents "unconscious beauty."
If both the petals and the stem take on a verdant shade, good news: Green means a
While the Victorians probably wouldn't know what to say about these , maybe take cue from instead: "To paint the lily ... is a wasteful and ridiculous excess."
These sweet bouquets last way longer than roses — and they're an easy DIY, too.