A Rose by Any Other Name…

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
— William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

At DFW Flowers, roses are one of the most popular flowers to send and receive on all occasions; and it’s no wonder, since they represent beauty and love. From ancient Romon legend to the present Valentine’s Day, roses have carried symbolism and messages throughout a variety of cultures.

History

A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae – there are over 100 species. Fossil evidence shows that roses have existed since prehistoric times. The first cultivated roses appeared in Asian gardens more than 5,000 years ago and were introduced to Europe during the Roman Empire, where they were mainly used for ornamental purposes.

Sentiment & Symbolism

According to Roman legend, a number of suitors were keen on marrying a beautiful woman named Rodanthe, but she did not care for any of them. Despite her ambivalence, the suitors continued to woo Rodanthe so zealously that they broke through the doors of her home. Angered by their actions and wanting to teach the suitors a lesson, the goddess Diana turned Rodanthe into a rose, and her suitors into thorns.

The rose is the flower emblem of England. According to English superstition, if the petals fall from a fresh-cut red rose, bad luck will soon follow. In Wales, the white rose represents innocence and silence, and is thus placed on the grave of a young child. To Native Americans, the white rose symbolizes security and happiness, and is often worn during wedding ceremonies.

Color Messages

Exquisite and radiant, the rose is the principal messenger of love. A single rose denotes perpetual love; two roses of any color taped or wired together signify a commitment or forthcoming marriage.

Single Color Meanings

  • Red roses of any hue say “I love you”; deep red roses imply unconscious beauty.
  • White roses signify spiritual love and purity; bridal white means happy love.
  • Today, yellow roses signify joy and gladness; historically, they meant a decrease of love and infidelity.
  • Coral roses imply desire; orange say “I am fascinated and enthusiastic.”
  • Lavender roses mean love at first sight
  • Light pink roses imply grace, gentility and admiration; dark pink roses say “thank you.”
  • In general, pale-colored roses signify friendship.

Combined Color Meanings:

  • Red and yellow roses mixed together say “Congratulations!”
  • Yellow and orange roses together imply passionate thoughts.
  • Red and white roses signify unity.

Roses will continue to show love and affection to any recipient for many years to come. For more information about roses, or any other flowers, see our Facebook page!

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