The basic meaning of the yellow rose is friendship. It also represents happiness and warm feelings. In terms of marriage, yellow roses mean content, joyous and grateful love.
The yellow rose did not always have these pleasing meanings, in the Victorian Era it was a symbol of jealousy and infidelity. It is thought that the reason they symbolized jealousy at that period is yellow roses did not have the fragrance of other roses as they do today so the yellow rose was jealous of other roses that did. Since then hybrids have been cultivated that give it the fragrance of their counterparts.
The yellow rose is native to western Asia where it was found by Europeans who cultivated them for over 200 years.
The yellow rose did not always have the wonderful fragrance of the ones you find at your local flower shop, in fact, known as the sulfur rose it had a sulfur-like smell. Hybrids were cultivated that are a cross of the yellow rose and other rose species to give
them the pleasant fragrance they have today. Roses have been around a long time, over 200 million years and you can find them referred
to in Roman and Greek mythology.
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