The red rose. A little history, love and appreciation.


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It's no secret that roses, especially red ones, are among the most popular gifts symbolizing eternal love. Widely cultivated, most red rose species originated in Asia, specifically China, around 35 million years ago. We see red roses everywhere—in movies, art, and poetry. One reason people prefer red roses over white or pink is the special symbolism of the color. Red represents health, life, and love, often associated with heat and passion. Studies show that red is the most attractive color to both men and women, not only in clothing but also in possessions.

Long-Lasting Flowers

Among the most beautiful and long-lasting roses is the Valentino, a rich red romantic rose that can last up to two weeks with proper care, followed by the Reward roses, which are commonly found in gardens. Why are red roses so fascinating after all these years? Beyond their association with love in mythology, linked to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, they are also tied to art, heavily promoted and popularized in movies and media over the years.

Preserved Roses

Want to show someone how much you love them? Consider giving a bouquet of red roses and investing in the best quality. Fresh roses can last a week in water, or you can choose preserved roses that last up to one or two years. Preserved roses are an excellent investment because they're fresh, preserved with natural oils, environmentally friendly, and vegan. They make a perfect gift and look good with any color, especially black, pink, or royal blue. A single red rose can symbolize young love, while a dozen expresses eternal passionate love. We recommend the 36 black velvet red rose arrangement from Rose Forever, made with a black velvet box, or the 16 pink suede rose arrangement, made with a pink suede round box. These arrangements last a year and look excellent in any home.

Another wonderful aspect of red roses is their use in perfumes. They blend well with notes like lavender, bergamot, ginger, and sweet orange, particularly with floral and citrus oils. According to science, rose oil is the most attractive and desirable scent compared to other flowers, earning them the title "queen of flowers" for their versatility and uniqueness.


Red roses are one of the most popular flowers globally, representing love, passion, and life. As Matshona Dhliwayo famously said, "If roses were not special, weeds would not envy them." This sentiment captures the essence of red roses' enduring appeal.

Key Terms and Symbols:

  • Symbol of love
  • Romance and relationships
  • Different shades of red
  • Greek and Roman mythology (Aphrodite and Venus)
  • Beauty and true love
  • Language of flowers
  • Flower care and arrangements
  • Historical significance (House of Lancaster and York, Victorian era)
  • Various meanings (love at first sight, a dozen red roses, etc.)

Whether as a gift or a personal indulgence, red roses continue to be a powerful way to express love and affection.