Dark Crimson Rose

Dark Crimson Rose Meaning

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The dark crimson rose has a meaning that has two sides. 

On one side it’s about sadness and mourning and death.  On another, it has a more joyous meaning - rebirth and love.  When someone you care about passes away, the dark crimson rose can express your feelings of mourning and sadness.

The practice of giving dark crimson roses when someone dies is not only a practice that society today has.  Dating back, thousands of years, the Romans planted dark crimson roses on the graves of their loved ones.  This signifies death and at the same time, rebirth.

  • Name:  Dark Crimson Rose
  • Color: Although roses come in an array of different colors, undoubtedly red is the most popular one. Just like the spectrum of colors from a lighter version to a darker shade, it’s the same with roses.  For the dark crimson rose, it can have a shade so dark that it resembles the look of a blood and even burgundy.
  • Shape:  The most perfect blossoms of the rose plant are shaped like a teacup.  But although some roses don’t bloom perfectly, it doesn’t affect the beauty and the popularity of the flower that much.
  • Fact:  Most species of roses, regardless of color are found in Asia.  A handful of rose species are found in Europe, northwest Africa and North America.
  • Poisonous:  Roses are not toxic.
  • Number of Petals:  Roses can have as few as four petals as in the case of the Rosa sericea.  Every other specie has five and hybrids can have up to 60 petals.
  • Victorian Interpretation:  Remember that it’s not all about love and happiness with roses because its color holds the key to what it symbolizes. In such case, a rose with dark crimson hue signifies mourning.
  • Blossom Time:  The best time the roses bloom is in spring but roses are available all year round since there are varieties that bloom in other seasons.


There are many different takes on the story about how the rose became red.  But one of the more popular one has a religious connotation connected to the story of Cain and Abel.  When Abel was slain by his brother (Cain), some of his blood got on the white rosebush that grew around his altar. His dripping blood stained the white roses and from then on red colored roses came about.

Another story in Greek mythology talks about the goddess of flowers finding a lifeless nymph in the woods.  She called upon her fellow gods and goddesses and they worked together to transform the nymph into a red rose.  Aphrodite gave the flower beauty; the west wind blew to keep the clouds away from it so that Apollo could shine on the blossom, and Dionysus gave the flower a sweet scent.

The rose turned red as a reflection of Venus blushing when Jupiter saw her bathing. 

  • The Shape: Roses can have a number of shapes but the most common shape that it has is the cup shape.  In various stages of the rose in bloom, it can go from a cone to a scattered formation of dark crimson petals.
  • Petals: Rose petals look like velvet.  The velvety surface of the petals makes the color more vibrant and bold.
  • Numerology:  The rose has the expression number 3 in numerology.  It is the trinity and also it’s about expression.
  • Color:  Undoubtedly, red is a popular symbol for love but going a shade or two darker to dark crimson, it signifies mourning.  Dark crimson roses are associated with death.

Herbalism and Medicine:  

Dark crimson roses are mostly used in the form of rose oil.  This extract from the plant has a wide array of applications.  It’s used in aromatherapy and it’s used together with lotions and creams that is meant for de-stressing and many other health benefits.

By Florance Saul
Aug 20, 2012