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Meaning of the Number of Roses

Rose Stem Symbolism

What's in a Number?

Traditionally, using roses to convey messages to your loved ones was all about the color and the variety. But over the years, roses have inspired people to develop a language of roses by adding a symbolic meaningto the number of roses you are gifting. The rose is considered the flower of love traditionally. Red roses are the best way to say” I love you” on Valentine’s day. When you choose a certain number of roses for a special person, you bring a whole new depth to the gesture of gifting roses. The rose experts compile a list of meaning of number of roses you are gifting. This is our guide to the numbers and meanings of roses. Some of these meanings have been derived from visual significance, while some have caught on from popular stories and myths.

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One rose can convey “Love at first sight” or can convey many years later as “you are still the one."


Two roses signify “Mutual love and affection”.


Three roses are traditional three-month anniversary gift.


Six roses symbolize Infatuation, or "I want to be yours."


Nine rosessymbolize eternal love or "I want to be with you forever."


10 roses are gifted when you mean to say, "You are perfect."


12 roses are given when you want to say, "be mine."


13 roses can mean “we’ll be friends forever”, or it can also mean “you have a secret admirer”.


15 roses mean "I'm sorry."


20 roses mean "Believe me, I am sincere toward you."


21 roses were once popular among cheaters looking to be taken back and mean "I am dedicated to you".


24 roses - two dozen says, "I'm yours."


25 roses are gifted when you 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 say, "My love for you is genuine."


50-plus rosescan mean a few things, and they're all big and boisterous. Traditionally, they mean my love, like my wallet, knows no bounds.

Fun facts about roses
  • Traditionally, the rose is known as the symbol of love, also a symbol of sympathy and sorrow.
  • Rose is England’s national flower.
  • Rose is the official flower of four states in USA- New York, Iowa, North Dakota and Georgia.
  • The largest rose ever measured approximately 33 inches in diameter and it was pink in color.
  • The world’s oldest rose was recorded 1000 years ago in Germany.
  • The world’s most expensive rose took 15 years to breed and cost 5 million dollars.
  • There are no black roses. Dard reddish-crimson roses usually appear black.
  • The tallest rose bush recorded is 23 feet tall.
  • The rose fruit, called Rose Hip, are a source of vitamin C and used to make jam, jelly and marmalade. The hip is also pressed or filtered to make rose hip syrup.
  • Roses have historic significance in England and Rome. It is also mentioned in the Bible.
  • Roses are used in perfumes and skin care products. Dried rose petals are used for decoration and scent.
  • The largest private rose garden in the world, in Cavriglia in Italy has over 7,500 different varieties of roses.
  • The buds of the tiniest roses are the size of a grain of rice.
  • Except for the rose species ‘Rosa sericea’, roses have five petals.
  • Rose shrubs are used as landscape plants for hedging or planted on hillsides to stop soil erosion.

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