The Victorian Era saw the beginning of the “flower language”. Flowers afforded an outlet to communicate many sentiments that the straight-laced society considered improper. Hence, man has ever been fascinated with roses that were the most popular flowers used to convey emotions. But, black roses have always been in the background. There are no jet-black roses. Most people consider deep red roses to be black, for instance, the Rose ‘Black Magic’.
The color black has always been synonymous with death and mourning. It is thus the color of sadness and farewell. So, many people consider black roses to symbolize bereavement, loss and mortality. Since black represents death, many interpret the black rose to mean vengeance that may lead to the death of a foe. The negative connotations here are far reaching, and make the black rose the least sought after among roses.
But, a more positive meaning does exist for the black rose. It is true that black is the color of death. But death does not always cause mourning. It can also be the beginning of new things, a journey into unexplored territory. The black rose, because it symbolizes death and passing away, also indicates a major change or upheaval in the future.
In that sense, the black rose also means the death of old habits and the old order. It inspires confidence and enthusiasm by signaling the birth of a new era of hope and joy.
This flower, tragic in its dark beauty is not always symbolic of unhappiness. The Irish have used the lyrics of “the Little Black rose” during their ongoing battle with the British. Similarly, many anarchist and antiauthoritarian groups have also adopted the black rose as a symbol of mutiny and strength. Therefore, the meaning of the black rose also includes courage and resistance.
But, the meaning of black roses is not very definite. And among lovers or friends, it is better to keep away from the black rose. The black rose does not have too many warm or positive nuances, and though it has been always admired for its beauty, it is seldom used to express affection