Rose colors and meanings (continued)

To continue the previous topic about rose colors and meanings, I would like to share 4 more rose colors and meaning in this blog.
The group of purple roses contains the colors connected with lilac, blue, plum and lavender. The colors are often pastel in the wild. The purple rose was first bred during the early 1800s, as a crossbreed of the common European rose along with a selection of roses brought in from China.
The most widespread meaning of the purple rose is enthrallment, especially at first sight. Opulence, glory and majesty are some other interpretations given to the purple rose. Purple being a color of elegance and grandeur, it only fits that the rose also pays tribute to these characteristics. Purple rose is perfect for many occasions, such as mother’s birthday, grandma’s birthday, anniversaries, etc.
Most rose historians agree that the green rose first appeared as early as 1743, but it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that the rose began to attract attention in England and elsewhere around the world. In 1856, the U.K. firm of Bembridge & Harrison offered a unique green rose for sale.
The official name of the green rose is “rosa chinensis viridiflora,” but it is also referred to as the China rose. Speculation has it that the China green rose evolved from the “Slater’s Crimson China,” though there seems to be no substantial proof of this. Most Rosarians (rose experts) believe the green rose actually emerged in Georgia or South Carolina. In 1849, a Philadelphia nurseryman named Robert Buist was known to have the rosa viridiflora in his nursery inventory. He was reported to have first acquired cuttings of the green rose in Charleston years before in 1833.
The most significant and popular meaning of the green rose is fertility. Green rose also symbolizes self-respect and well-being. The green rose also signifies the constant rejuvenation of spirit, and is therefore a messenger of cheerfulness. If you are going to a baby shower, housewarming party or visit patient, green rose is a great choice.

Black roses are often featured in fiction with many different meanings and titles such as Black Velvet Rose, Black Magic, Barkarole, Black Beauty Tuscany Superb, Black Jade, and more. The flowers commonly called “black” are actually very dark shades of red, purple, or maroon.

The magic of black flowers has attracted our attention for centuries. Black roses appear to originate from a fairytale-world. Their improbable and “unnatural” color inspires a powerful feeling of mystical expectation.

The color black has always been synonymous with death and mourning. It is thus the color of sadness and farewell. So, many people consider black roses to symbolize bereavement, loss and mortality. A single black rose might be sent by a close friend and/or loved one leaving for a war or on a journey from which he did not expect to return. But, a more positive meaning does exist for the black rose. It can also be the beginning of new things, a journey into unexplored territory. Black roses are also good for Halloween, a fitting addition to the decorations along with black candles, black clothes, and so on.

It was only around the turn of the 20th century that rose cultivators began experimenting with crossing the yellow rose with the red. Suddenly, there was a whole new rose meaning on the scene. Blending the friendly associations of the yellow rose with the true-love implications of the red enabled a much subtler, intriguing suggestion of love emerging from friendship— dangerous stuff! Thankfully, the orange rose has absorbed other suggestions over time and it’s now appropriate for any enthusiastic message, whether of love, thanks, friendship or congratulations.
One meaning of the orange rose is fascination. When you are totally besotted and completely bewitched by somebody, send them an orange rose. Enthusiasm and unlimited energy are some other meanings of the orange rose. When new ventures begin, the beginning of a journey – the orange rose celebrates all new beginnings.
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