The Meaning of Every Rose Color

Be careful sending those yellow ones ...

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"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.

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The Language of Flowers

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.

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Red Roses

If you planned on delivering this classic choice to your significant other, you're in luck. It means "love."

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Light Pink Roses

Deliver the gift of "grace" when you send a friend these sweet blooms.

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Peach Roses

These bashful beauties signify "modesty."

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Orange Roses

An energetic, curious color comes with a meaning to match: "fascination."

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Salmon Roses

Pinker than orange and darker than peach, salmon blooms suggest  Ooh la la! 

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Yellow Roses

You wouldn't think it cruel to gift someone a bouquet, but these sunny flowers imply "infidelity."

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White Roses

But maybe save these babies for a melancholy moment. They mean "a heart unacquainted with love."

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Cream Roses

Don't be fooled — an off-white takes on a different definition than its starker cousin. Ivory indicates both charm and thoughtfulness, says .

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Purple Roses

A quirkier hue calls for a quirkier meaning; violet shades lend themselves to "enchantment."

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Dark Pink Roses

A light blush hints at grace, but a more intense hue signifies "gratitude and appreciation," according to .

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Burgundy Roses

Though it may not be as striking as the classic red rose, this deeper shade is more subtle and represents "unconscious beauty."

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Green Roses

If both the petals and the stem take on a verdant shade, good news: Green means a

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Rainbow Roses

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."

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WATCH: How to Make Pretty Tissue Paper Flower Lollipops

These sweet bouquets last way longer than roses — and they're an easy DIY, too.

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