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January 29, 2016

History and Meaning of Pink Roses

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Conveying thoughtfulness, passion, sentiment, and packing a contemporary color punch, pink roses are the perfect type of rose for multipurpose occasions. Whether you’re sending thanks, cheering up a friend, starting a new relationship, or showing a symbol of affection or admiration, a bouquet of pink roses can express just the right emotion, without saying a word. No wonder pink roses are one of the most popular flowers sent on Valentine’s Day! Yet, did you know every shade of a pink rose has different meanings? In honor of Valentine’s Day and this blushing beauty, we’re bringing back the pink rose to explore its rich history and color meanings so you ultimately give just the right pink rose shade.


Believe it or not, the first trace of the pink rose was found in fossils dating back 40 million years! More recent historical evidence shows pink roses were grown in China’s Imperial rose gardens about 5,000 years ago and they have continued to play a part in history ever since. Horticulturally speaking, pink roses are a classic. They were the first color rose cultivated, since pink roses are most common in the wild. During the Victorian era, the pink rose was used to decorate everything from wallpaper to greeting cards. Today, the pink rose has been cultivated in more contemporary treatments showing off its different shades of pink.

Here’s a quick shade-by-shade guide for choosing the perfect pink to convey your feelings:

Dark Pink Roses: If you want to express appreciation, gratitude, or to say thank you.

Medium Pink Roses: If you have a first love, want to congratulate someone or want to cheer up a friend who’s grieving or healing.

Light Pink Roses: If you want to show gentleness and admiration.

No matter the pink rose occasion, just remember to send a shade that says what is in your heart.

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