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Hints From Heloise

Sun., May 25, 1997

Dear Heloise: I sent roses to both my mother and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day this year and was wondering what the different colors of roses mean. I’ve heard that red symbolizes love. Is that true? - F. West, Denver

Yes, red roses are most often associated with love, particularly romance. Here in the United States there are other colors that have special meanings, but these meanings vary depending on the book the florist uses as a reference.

According to the Society of American Florists, when the occasion isn’t romance, women most often prefer receiving roses in any shade of pink, lavender, peach or blush.

They also recommend ordering flowers by describing each person’s unique personality (e.g.

romantic, traditional, artistic, natural-outdoorsy) to your florist for a truly customized floral gift.

If you have any questions, be sure to ask your florist. And if sending flowers to another country, be sure and check so you don’t unintentionally offend anyone. - Heloise.

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