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What rose colors mean

What rose colors mean

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by Terri Gruca

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Posted on February 6, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 7 at 9:45 AM

Valentine’s Day is a week away. So I thought I’d help all those guys who might be sending flowers to their significant others.

Below you’ll find a list of what the different rose colors represent so you don’t send the wrong message.

Red: No surprises here, red means love.

White: White roses are often associated with young love. White represents humility, purity and innocence.

Yellow: Yellow represents friendship, joy and caring. It has also been known to signal warmth, gladness and affection.

Pink: Pink symbolizes femininity, elegance and refinement. Darker pink can signify gratitude and appreciation while pale shades of pink stand for grace, gentleness, admiration and happiness.

Orange: Orange symbolizes enthusiasm, desire, attraction, passion and excitement.

Lilac or purple: This is the perfect flower for anyone looking to send a message of love at first sight.

Marie Claire also put together a terrific article on what various gifts mean -- everything from jewelry, chocolates to kitchen appliances. It's kind of funny. Check it out here.