What is the Rarest Color of Rose?

The rose, America’s favorite flower, has existed for over 35 million years. The rose is a perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae. The Rosa genus offers over 300 species, thousands of varieties, almost every color, and comes in many shapes. A universal symbol of beauty and love, roses are a favorite addition to gardens and landscapes. Loved for its many colors and popular scent, roses make beautiful cut flowers for any occasion. The rarest color of rose is the Blue Rose, and it is very difficult to find. 


History of the Rare Blue Rose

A blue rose is a flower of the genus Rosa (family Rosaceae) and has a blue-to-violet petal color instead of the more common red, white or yellow. Historically, blue roses existed only in paintings and poetry. It was later used as an object or subject in movies and stories. Blue roses are used to symbolize mystery or “longing to attain the impossible.”

Naturally, a true blue rose does not exist. The very first blue rose was said to be a white rose that was painted or dyed blue. In 2004, researchers used genetic modification to create roses that contain the blue pigment delphinidin, which roses do not normally carry. Despite the color turning out to be more of a lilac color, it was still referred to as a Blue Rose; hence, a true blue rose is impossible to create.

Meaning of the Blue Rose

Flowers are known for symbolism and meanings. The blue rose is associated with true love- a love that is incomparable and unattainable. Blue roses also have various other meanings:

  • Symbolize mystery
  • Unrequited love
  • Deep desire that cannot be attained
  • Patriotism
  • Baby boy


Why People Choose Blue Roses for Loved Ones

Roses have been one of the most favorite flowers to send to a loved one or someone special. Because it is rare and unique, the blue rose is becoming more popular to send as it conveys how special the recipient is to the giver. The perfect romantic gift, the rare blue rose signifies trust, commitment, and relationship. Because the Blue Rose is the rarest color of rose, you can expect the price of the flower to be higher than other colors. Due to the fact that the blue rose is a unique rare color, it is best to contact your florist well in advance when ordering a bouquet of these mysterious flowers. 

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Author Chris Link - Published 05-28-2021