What Does a White Flower or Rose Symbolize?


Giving flowers at times of great joy or sadness has developed into a common ritual in many societies throughout the world. The type and color of the flowers given also have come to symbolize various emotions and sentiments.


  • Roses symbolize a variety of different emotions but carry the meaning of love for most people, according to the University of Colorado. A single bloom shows love while an entire bouquet may express thankfulness or gratitude to the recipient. A garland of roses shows exceptional worth or merit.

White Rose

  • The white rose symbolizes innocent love, purity or worthiness. The unopened state of the white rosebud symbolizes girlhood, according to Texas A&M.

Additional Flowers

  • Many white flowers stand for some combination of sweetness and innocence, and other good virtues, including the lily and zinnia. A white camellia means that the giver finds the recipient adorable. A white carnation stands for pure love and sweetness, while the white chrysanthemum symbolizes truth. White heather symbolizes protection and fulfilled desires, and a white hyacinth means the giver is praying for you.

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