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Rose Color Symbolism

Black Roses

The color black is traditionally associated with death and mourning. The black rose is synonymous with sadness, farewell, bereavement, and loss. It could also be a symbol of vengeance towards an enemy.
Black roses, along with black tulips, may have originated from a fairytale world. A pure black flower is the Holy Grail of plant breeders. Their improbable and unnatural color inspires a powerful feeling of mystical expectation. Does the black rose really exist? Not so. The black rose is in reality only a deep red rose.

In Gothic art and literature, the dark overtones of the black rose have been used to signify tragic romance. In contemporary Goth subculture, black lends itself perfectly to a mystical and fatalistic outlook. The black rose is often used to accessorize black clothing, makeup, and hair.

To the more positive minded, the black rose suggests the death of old habits and rebirth of the new. It could be the beginning of new things, a journey into new territory, the birth of hope and joy.


Black Rose Symbolism

The Irish have used the lyrics of "the Little Black rose" during their ongoing battle with the British. Similarly, anarchist and antiauthoritarian groups have adopted the black rose as a symbol of mutiny and strength. Therefore, the meaning of the black rose also includes courage and resistance.