I Respect You: White Roses

Perfect for: A friend, your mom, or a bride

The message: Purity, innocence, new beginnings. Also sympathy, humility, spirituality.

In the States, white is almost universally appropriate. Elsewhere, think twice. In Asia and many other countries, white is synonymous with sad times, being the color most often worn and used at funerals. On the other hand, in Mexican folklore, white flowers lift spells -- which can come in handy if your superstitious nana put the evil eye on your latest infatuation.

More white ideas: White irises symbolize purity, and white lilies symbolize modesty and virginity. Pretty safe territory no matter who your recipient.

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