The Valentine Flowers
According to popular legends red rose is considered to be a favorite flower of Venus – the Roman mythological Goddess of Love and Beauty. Hence the red Rose came to be associated with love and romance. Historians believe that the tradition of giving red rose on Valentine’s Day became popular in the 1700s when Charles II of Sweden introduced the Persian custom of “the language of flowers” to Europe. Books giving details about meanings of particular flowers were published which demonstrated to people how entire conversations could be carried out using just the flowers. Poets and romantics at heart also eulogized red rose as a symbol of love, passion and beauty that helped to create strong association of rose with love and Valentine’s Day.
Whilst Red roses are the safe bet, however if you’re looking for more of an individual statement? Here is a guide of the symbolism of the different colour roses available:
White Roses – True love, purity of the mind and reverence
Pink Roses – Friendship or Sweetheart, admiration
Yellow Roses – Friendship, celebration and joy
Lilac Roses – Love at first sight and enchantment
Red Roses – Love and passion
Coral Roses – Desire
Peach Roses – Desire and excitement or appreciation
Orange Roses – Enthusiasm and desire
Yellow and Orange Roses: Passion.
Black Roses – “Adios” or “It’s Over”
Bouquet of Red and Yellow Roses: Happiness and celebrations
Bouquet of Red and White Roses: Bonding and harmony