The Meaning, Symbolism and History of Yellow Roses

Every different colour variation of the classic rose has its own distinct meaning, and the yellow rose is no exception.

In this blog, we delve into the history and symbolism of yellow roses as well as exploring why they make the perfect gift to express your appreciation, support and well wishes to a friend.

The History of the Yellow Rose

The origin of this popular colour variation dates back to the 18th century, with yellow roses first being found in the Middle East by Europeans in Afghanistan and southeast Asia.

At this time, they were mostly grown for decoration, confetti and medicinal purposes.

Since then, yellow roses have been cross-bred naturally and unnaturally, creating numerous variations over time in shades ranging from pale yellow to more vibrant, eye-catching tones.

Early yellow roses gave off an unappealing sulfuric aroma, but as a result of this crossbreeding, the smell has evolved over time into a pleasant, sweet fragrance that is much more palatable and recognisable as the signature rose scent.

Symbolism & Cultural Meaning

The colour yellow itself has widely positive connotations, symbolising brilliance, gold and the sun. This is why in both Western and Eastern cultures, yellow roses are regarded as symbols of happiness, caring, affection and remembrance.

In Japan however, the yellow rose’s meaning extends beyond this to symbolise courage and inner strength, so it’s not uncommon for them to be gifted in support of someone who is facing some kind of difficulty or a challenge.

Although the species is typically seen as a non-romantic gift, yellow roses with orange or red tips can represent the evolution of a friendship into a relationship with romantic feelings.

When Should You Gift Yellow Roses?

As we’ve mentioned, the colour yellow symbolises optimism, warmth and joy, which is why yellow roses make an excellent gift to give to friends. They are believed to be the perfect flower to give strength to friendships throughout difficult times, show gratitude or extend general wellbeing wishes.

Whilst other colour variations such as the red rose might symbolise romantic feeling, the versatile yellow rose makes a thoughtful gift for friends, colleagues and others with whom your relationship is purely platonic.

Because of this, yellow roses are perfect for a variety of occasions, such as graduations, birthdays, engagements or even just to let someone know you’re thinking of them.

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