A Rose Isn’t Just a Rose
You’ve probably heard that “a rose is a rose is a rose,” but while perfectly poetic, the Victorians wholeheartedly disagree. Flower meaning dictionaries were quite popular during the Victorian era — for instance, pink carnations meant “I will never forget you,” and chrysanthemums meant “truth.” Though people didn’t necessarily send secret messages through buds and bouquets, the meanings were still important to people during that period.
We think this bit of historical trivia is pretty charming, so we explored this recently published flower dictionary to discover the meanings behind different kinds of roses
If you planned on delivering this classic choice to your significant other, you’re in luck. It means “love.”
But maybe save these babies for a melancholy moment. They mean “a heart unacquainted with love.”
Deliver the gift of “grace” when you send a friend these sweet blooms.
These bashful beauties signify “modesty.”
A quirkier hue calls for a quirkier meaning; violet shades lend themselves to “enchantment.”
Though it may not be as striking as the classic red rose, this deeper shade is more subtle and represents “unconscious beauty.”
An energetic, curious color comes with a meaning to match: “fascination.”
You wouldn’t think it cruel to gift someone a bouquet, but these sunny flowers imply “infidelity.”