Symbolism and Meaning of Red Roses


Learn what red rose flowers mean and what they symbolise for giving and receiving

When people are keen to convey and express their love and feelings to someone else, it is almost always a bouquet of red roses that are given over any other choice of flower. These beautiful buds and blooms come in all shades of red from bright crimsons to deep wines and burgundy. They are synonymous with timeless and lasting romance, enduring love and also the flames of a burning passion.

The specific meaning of this flower can change according to how they are presented. Read on to discover exactly what this colour choice means before you go ahead and send them - or have some fun discovering their meaning if you have been lucky enough to receive a bouquet for a special occasion, a surprise or for Valentine's day.

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The symbolic significance of the red rose flower can change depending on specifics such as the number or quantity of blooms that were given, whether or not they have thorns and even looking at the actual shade of the colour. Usually these flowers are used to symbolize both passion and love and they have always been associated with these feelings more so than any other shade.

Red Rosebuds Meaning


Red rosebuds symbolize quite an innocent type of love which makes them ideal for a new and "budding" romance as well as for your very first love. Giving rosebuds rather than full blooms can also mean that the person receiving them is beautiful and youthful or beautiful, innocent and pure of heart.

Rose bud with red flower

A Single Red Rose Flower Meaning 


A single red flower instead of a bouquet is taken to mean that the giver is in love with the recipient. So it is really not appropriate to give a single red rose to someone who is just a friend because you would be giving them entirely the wrong message. For a romantic occasion, it would be perfect to present the person of your dreams with a single flower and make them aware of your feelings.

Symbolism of a Dark Coloured Rose Variety



A dark shade like wine or burgundy symbolizes unconscious beauty. This means that the person receiving the flowers is perhaps unaware or not really conscious of just how beautiful they are. This can also refer to a beauty that was not recognized or apparent at first but which has really grown over time. This is hands down the perfect type of rose to give to someone who has first been your friend but now has become to mean so much more to you.

Meaning of Giving a Thornless Red Rose


If you give a red rose without any thorns, it means that you have been in love with the recipient ever since you first laid eyes on them. This is definitely the flower of choice for when love at first sight applies. Be careful not to give a thorn-less variety to someone who you are not in love with.

Large red rose flower on shrub bush in full bloom

The Significance of Red Roses Used with other Colours


You can also change the symbolic meaning of red rose flowers by combining them with other colour choices. For instance, combining red with white is a symbol of enduring, lasting love and unity which is highly appropriate to present to a partner that you have been with for a long time. Combining with yellow stands for joyous love. Any colour bloom that has red edges around the petals has a special meaning as well; these mean that friendship is now changing into love.

These are the ultimate flowers of romance and they say "I love you" like no other flower or choice of colour. They have a real sense of dramatic passion and romance attached to them and can be given and presented on any occasion to express your feelings when you are at a loss for words. They are the perfect choice to give to a really special person who you love and hold dear in your heart and they will always stay that way.

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