LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Just in time for Mother's Day on Sunday -- The experts know when it's appropriate to send red roses over white ones. We're teaching you the tricks of the trade this morning.
Here are five colors of roses and what they mean.
Check out the full list from Reader's Digest: 6 Rose Color Meanings
1. Red: Love and romance - One of the most universal of all symbols, the red rose represents true love. It has also appeared throughout history and different countries as both a political and religious symbol.
2. Yellow: Friendship, joy and get well - Throughout history, yellow has been closely associated with the sun, making these roses excellent for cheering people up. Yellow roses send a message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. The color represents feelings of joy and delight.
3. Lavender: Enchantment, majesty and love at first sight - The color purple has a traditional association with royalty. In this regard, shades of lavender roses suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor.
4. Pink: Love, gratitude and appreciation - Pink carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance. Dark pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation, and are a traditional way to say thanks. Light pink roses are associated with gentleness and admiration, and can also be used as an expression of sympathy.
5. White: Purity, innocence, sympathy and spirituality - Early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love.