American Indian Council
FOCUS ON BEAUTY
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
Girlhood and purity has also been used as the white rose bud
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
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
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
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
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
One for Everlasting Happiness, Deborah "Queen Bee"