Meaning & Symbolism of Roses

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Long a symbol of love and passion, the ancient Greeks and Romans associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus, goddess of love. Used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words, they also represent confidentiality. In fact, the Latin expression “sub rosa”(literally, “under the rose”) means something told in secret, and in ancient Rome, a wild rose was placed on the door to a room where confidential matters were being discussed.

Each color offers a distinct meaning:

Red: Signifies enduring passion

White: Humility and innocence

Yellow: Expressing friendship and joy

Pink: Gratitude, appreciation and admiration

Orange: Enthusiasm and desire