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A Single White Rose

by Deborah "Queen Bee"


A single white rose is said to symbolize the love and innocence of a longstanding love. Used as a gesture of strong emotion and devotion, the tradition of sending one single white rose is practiced by lovers, people who share great esteem and love for one another, and others who want to declare a message of love and hope.

The white rose meaning can also mean spiritual love, charm and humility. It is sometimes used as a gesture of platonic love. They can also convey loyalty and love in friendship. In Scotland in autumn they were seen to represent an early marriage.

Girlhood and purity has also been used as the white rose bud meanings.

Due to the qualities the rose holds, it has been a number one choice as an object to convey the expressions and emotions of beauty, passion, respect and the most important of all; love. White Roses are used in expressing the love of a parent to their child. They are used to give to friends and of course your significant other.

White roses are sometimes called the “flower of light” and are the bride’s roses. They symbolize unity, sincerity, loyalty, purity, and a love stronger than death. White roses can be mixed with red to emphasize the meaning of love, while white rose buds are an appropriate gift to a young girl from her father.

White roses also send the message that the sender is worthy of the recipient (has pure intentions, is pure in body and soul).

White roses also send an “I miss you” message.

A symbol of varied meanings, the single white rose has long signified the purity between lovers who exchange the flower or the purity and innocence of the soul or person receiving it. Contrary to the passion associated with a single red rose, a single white rose acknowledges everlasting love, honor and respect, especially when given to a person of authority or esteem or when used as part of a celebration or event.

The white rose is said to be "the bridal flower" symbolizing the new and pure bond of two people. Part of the "white wedding" tradition, the white rose signifies a bride's worth, innocence and loyalty to her husband. The tradition remains whether the rose is part of a bouquet or standing alone.

At the end of a life, a white rose symbolizes the promise of heaven and the purity of all that was innocent about that person's life. Used as a bouquet, spray or as a single, the white rose adorns church pews, is placed at the breast bone of the deceased and given to mourners. It states condolence, remembrance and hope. A metaphor of hope and new beginnings, the white rose is also given by mourners who cannot attend a funeral service but still want to show respect, sending a dozen white roses as a condolence gift.

The single white rose is also appropriate for an anniversary, Valentine's day or as an unannounced declaration of love. You can leave a single white rose on someone's doorstep, at her workplace or on his pillow. Regardless of the manner in which the single white rose is given, the meaning remains the same: innocence, hope and love.

Fun Facts
Talking beneath a white rose in medieval times indicated the confidential nature of the conversation. Also, the Pope declared that a rose should be carved into confessional booths to symbolize confidentiality and privacy in the 16th century. And the Romans planted a white rose bush on the burial sites of young women to symbolize their virginity and purity.

One for Everlasting Happiness, Deborah "Queen Bee"