A gift of 11 red roses along with one white rose symbolizes a love that is both pure and inspired by the unique qualities of the person for which the gift is intended. According to LoveLetterBox.com, both the color and the number of the roses convey a specific message.
Flowers have been used to convey meaning in traditional cultures for thousands of years. The language of the flowers, called floriography, became prominent in the 18th century, reaching a peak in Victorian England. Bouquets of flowers were often given as a way of sending a coded message that represented feelings which could not be spoken aloud. Some Victorians even went so far as to carry floral dictionaries to use in translating the various combinations.