The red rose most commonly symbolizes love. Red roses are typically associated with romance and are used to portray deep emotions.
The emotions associated with the red rose date back to Greek and Roman mythology when the flower was tied to the Goddess of Love. In many ancient civilizations, the red rose was used as a main decoration at weddings and ceremonies. Using or giving the flower as a symbol of love has remained a strong tradition throughout history and is still considered the flower of affection as of 2014. The flowers are often given on anniversaries, Valentine's Day and other special occasions.