Another season, another moon, and the sky is rolling in jaunty colours! It’s Valentine; the time to dig into your reservoir of wits for sweet, soul-lifting words for that special person. Beyond words, let your gifts do some talking. Greeting cards? Nah, Scratch that. Why not spice up this Valentine with the powerful romantic codes in roses.

Roses typifies love, and it’s mostly given out on Valentine’s day. However, there is more to roses than just flowers. Roses come in various colours; these colours embed deep meanings, just as the number of roses in a bunch. This Valentine season, let the colour and number of roses you give be the tipping point that lunches your relationship to the next level. Here are tips about the codes in the rose flower:


Red Roses


Most favoured on Valentine’s Day, a red rose is an unmistakable expression of love, longing or desire. It could have an undertone of respect, admiration or devotion. When the number is 12 red roses, it is a special romantic way of saying: “Be mine” and “I love you.”


White Roses


White represents purity, chastity and innocence; so do white roses. A white rose is a perfect gift for new beginnings: for instance a new relationship or first-time bride walking down the aisle.


Yellow Roses


Yellow roses do not convey romantic undertone, it evokes sunny feelings of joy, warmth, welcome and will be a good gift for a friend as a symbol of friendship and caring.


Pink Roses


Pink roses convey gentle emotions such as admiration, joy, elegance, grace and gratitude. Light pink rose blooms are indicative of sweetness and innocence. Deep pink rose blooms convey deep gratitude and appreciation.


Orange Roses

orange roses

Orange rose reminds us of a fiery blaze, this fiery bloom signifies passion and energy. Orange roses thus express intense desire, pride, fervour and a sense of fascination. Orange roses are next to red roses as messengers of passion in romance.


Lavender Roses


If your relation began as a “love at first sight,” giving lavender rose simply reawakens the early days. This conveys enchantment! Darker shades of lavender roses (close to purple) convey a sense of regal majesty and splendour. These roses are used to express fascination and adoration.


Blue Roses

Blue rose

Roses of this colour say, “I can’t have you but I can’t stop thinking about you.” The truth is Blue roses cannot be achieved naturally so they represent the unattainable, blue roses, therefore, embody the desire for the unattainable.


Green roses


Green represents harmony, opulence, fertility, peace and tranquillity. Green roses (these are off-white roses with shades of green) can symbolize best wishes for a prosperous new life or wishes for the recovery of good health.


Black Roses


We all know black signifies death and farewell. Ideally, a black rose remains elusive, what we know as black roses are actually dark red roses and they convey the death of a feeling or idea. Sending black roses to someone indicates the death of the relationship.


Mixed Roses

mixed roses

By mixing rose blooms of different colours purposefully, you can create a bouquet of emotions. For example, a bouquet of red and white roses would mean I love you intensely and my intentions are honourable. A random mix of roses would convey mixed feelings or send a message: “I don’t know what my feelings are yet but I sure do like you enough to send you roses.”


It is not only the colour of roses that are significant, the number of roses we give hold hidden meanings too. The number of roses we give or receive on Valentine may intentionally or, more likely, unintentionally convey deeper messages. So check the following out:

One rose: Love at first sight or years later “you are still the one.”

Two roses: Mutual love and affection . . . so you may owe him two roses!

Three roses: The traditional three-month anniversary gift also simply means “I love you.”

Six roses: Infatuation, or “I want to be yours.”

Nine roses: A big jump up from six, nine roses symbolizes eternal love or “I want to be with you forever.”

10 roses: A perfect 10 means, “You are perfection.”

12 roses: A dozen is like picking the best heart from a Sweetheart candy box; it means, “be mine.”

13 roses: Thirteen may be a baker’s dozen, but not so in love. Its meaning is actually disputed: some say it means you’ll be friends forever, but several others say it means you have a secret admirer.

15 roses: Does he have a reason to apologize? Because 15 roses mean “I’m sorry.” If not, take it as credit for future remorse.

20 roses: The red starts to get excessive around 20, and supposedly that means “Believe me, I am sincere toward you.” Usually, sincerity does not need to be proved with quantity, but that’s just me!

21 roses: “I am dedicated to you” is the hidden meaning behind 21 roses. I am going to bet this was once popular among cheaters looking to be taken back.

24 roses: If one dozen says “be mine,” two dozen says “I’m yours.” Be careful; he could be yours whether you want it or not.

25 roses: Are you pregnant? Did you just get a promotion? Have you not killed the fish he gave you for Christmas? Because 25 roses simply mean “congratulations.”

36 roses: Three dozen not only says “big spender,” but it also says “I’m head over heels in love” or “I will remember our romantic moments.”

40 roses: Forty roses say what 10, 20, or 30 can’t: “My love for you is genuine.”

50-plus roses: Fifty and beyond can mean a few things, and they’re all big and boisterous. Traditionally, they mean my love, like my wallet, knows no bounds. 


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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

Creative Writer
Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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