White Rose - A Guide to White Roses

White Rose

White roses are magical flowers. They are ideal for marriages, perfect for Mother’s Day and the right choice for paying respects. White roses are representative for true love, young and fresh. They are pure flowers, filled with spirituality.

White Rose Description

  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Origin: White roses date back in pre-historical times, about 32 millions of years ago, when they were known to grow mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. However, some of the first appearances of the white roses were on the hills of the Greek island, Crete. Drawings of white roses were discovered in the Egyptian tombs, and they were seen in Monastery gardens in the Middle Ages, but by the time the Roman Empire was formed, white roses could be found all across Europe.
  • Sun exposure: Full sun exposure is required for white roses.
  • Height: White roses grow up to 4 feet tall.
  • Soil: Rich soil, moist and well-drained is preferred by white roses.
  • Leaves: White rose leaves are evergreen leaves. Pinnate, with serrated margins.
  • Blooming time: White roses may bloom from spring until the first frost, but the most known blooming period is in June.
  • Maintenance: When planting, do not overcrowd white roses in the flowerbed, as if you do so, they shall grow very tall and will have only a few blooms. Also, water them plenty after planting, but avoid the leaves.
  • Propagation method: White roses may be propagated from seeds, from stem cuttings, by division, layering, budding, grafting, hybridizing, micro-propagation or planting bare root white roses.

White Rose Species

There are tons of sorts of roses out there, in your garden, in the wild, for you to enjoy and cherish. Here are some of the most beautiful white rose species: Aorangi, Bouquet Tout Fait, Alba Maxima, Ash Wednesday, Blush Noisette, Pascali, Auckland Metro, Caroline de Monaco, Anne-Marie de Montravel, Botzaris, Hybrid Musk, Dupontii, Francois Guillot, Frau Karl Druschki, French Lace, Full Sail, Garden Party, Glamis Castle, Gourmet Popcorn, Green Ice, Gruss an Aachen , Guinevere, Heaven, Iceberg rose, Honor, Holy Rose, Ivory Fashion, Jeanne d'Arc, Lace Cascade, Lamarque, Little White Pet, Mme Plantier, Marie Pavie, Margaret Merril, Mary Webb, Mermaid, Cl Mrs Herbert Stevens, Mme Hardy, Mme Alfred Carriere, Mt Hood, Nevada (Hybrid Moyesii), Pax, Penelope, Pillow Fight, Pretty Lady, Princess of Wales, Whisper, Sally Holmes , Scentasia, Sombreuil, Souv de Philemon Cochet, R. Rugosa Alba, Thisbe, Wedding Day, White Cockade, White Maman Cochet, White Delight, White Duchesse de Brabant, White Sparrieshoop, Trier, Seagull, Snow Waltz, Sweet Afton, Vanilla Perfume.

White Rose Meaning

White roses symbolize purity, hope, purity, virtue. They are the divine symbol of innocence. White roses represent true love, as well. They are the flowers of young love, of new beginnings.

White roses are also a symbol of secrecy, as they are such discreet flowers. They whisper beauty and spread spirituality.

White Roses Arrangements

White roses arrangements are magnificent on every occasion. Birthdays, funerals, weddings, you name it, they are the perfect representation of all of these feelings and emotions.

Heavenly beautiful in a basket filled with other sympathy flowers, white rose arrangements are just what you need to express your deep sorrow for a dearly departed one. In weddings, they are brilliant for table centerpieces or used for boutonnieres and corsages, as the white rose is considered to be a traditional wedding flower.

For color combinations, white roses arrangements go with almost any shade of color, so you can be quite creative, when picking assortments. As for flowers, white roses can be wonderfully mixed with freesia, daisies, snapdragons, calla lilies, tulips.

White Rose Bouquets

Pageant, round, nosegay, posey or hand-tied, white rose bouquets are divine! They are pure, white, simple, classy, sophisticated! They are everything you want them to be.

A bridal white rose bouquet is exquisite for any bride! A symbol of young love, white roses symbolize a new beginning, thus are perfect for weddings.

White roses may be mixed with purple flowers such as freesia, calla lilies, carnations, pink flowers, orange or peach flowers, blue flowers, red flowers and yellow flowers. White roses bouquets may be mixed with any color and still keep their magnificent charm!

White Roses in Gardens

When planting white roses, make sure you place them far away from any source of shading. Place them in full sun, as they feed themselves with 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. Also, choose a well-drained soil and water them not very often, but deeply when you do. Be careful with the leaves – they don’t like getting wet.

Place your white rose bushes near a red tulip flowerbed, or even better, near a purple orchid and your garden will become a little paradise!


If you want your cut white roses to last fresh for a long period of time, first you have to place them in a clean vase. It is recommended that you clean it wisely, as it may contain bacteria that will harm your white roses. So, try even bleaching it. Also, remove the foliage that is below water in the vase, as this can be likewise, a source of infection and don’t let the bloom get wet.

Keep cut white roses in a cool place, away from heat, change their water every day if that is possible and re-cut their stems from time to time – this will help them last longer, too.

White roses are magnificent! Fresh, lovely – a perfect way of saying “I love you” to a dear one. White roses stand for innocence and purity, so if you ever want to express the purest feeling, make sure white roses are your choice!