The Special Meaning of a Yellow Rose

yellow roseThe meaning of a yellow rose signifies strong feelings of pure joy, gladness, happiness and platonic friendship, in Germanic countries the meaning of a a yellow rose is different – they’re used to convey jealousy.

Friendship is the main meaning of the yellow rose but it also signifies familiar love and domestic happiness. Yellow roses also symbolize fun and freedom.

Today, the yellow rose is used to embrace a new beginning, apologize or express sympathy, and to say, “remember me” , “I am sorry’, or “I care.” Yellow roses are appropriate for marking the beginning of a new life together or for starting all over again.

– The Language of Flowers

The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, was a Victorian-era method of communication. Floriograpghy, in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowed individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. The meaning of the color of flowers was most commonly communicated through Tussie-Mussies (floral arrangements), a creative art form which continues today.

Though most popular in the Victorian period, the symbolic use of flowers dates back to antiquity. In Medieval and Renaissance culture flowers were often given moral meanings. This is most apparent in art in which saints are often depicted with flowers, symbolic of their virtues. Liana DeGirolami Cheney notes that “some of the Christian symbols for Virginity or Chastity are the white rose, the myrtle, a vessel or vase, the lily, and the unicorn”

– The Color Meaning of Roses

Different color roses symbolize different things and the meaning of different color roses is show here:

  1. Red: love, used to say “I love you,” but also stands for courage and respect.
  2. Red & White Together or White Roses with Red Edges signify unity and togetherness.
  3. Pink: symbolizes grace, sophistication and elegance. Also symbolizes gentle feelings of love and friendship.
  4. Dark Pink: Gratefulness and appreciation.
  5. Light Pink: Admiration, sympathy
  6. White: Innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility.
  7. Yellow: Often akin to joy and deep friendship or platonic love. In German speaking countries, however, they can mean jealousy and infidelity.
  8. Yellow with red tips: Symbolizes a gesture of falling in love.
  9. Orange or Coral symbolizes enthusiasm and desire
  10. Burgundy: Beauty
  11. Blue: Mystery
  12. Green: Calm
  13. Black: used to signify death (black being the color of death) often of old habits. In a positive light it signifies rebirth after death. Also, slavish devotion (as a true black rose is impossible to produce).
  14. Purple: protection (paternal/maternal love)

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