Rose (heraldic tincture)

For the flower rose as a charge in heraldry, see rose (heraldry).

Rose is the tincture of rose or pink as used in heraldry.

Rose has been introduced in Canadian heraldry from the late 20th Century. It is considered a colour along with azure (blue), gules (red), vert (green) and sable (black). It is similar to the tincture carnation which is sometimes used in French heraldry, but not quite, as carnation is more brownish beige while rose is more reddish in colour.[1]

The colour features e.g. in the coat of arms of former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell.[2] It is yet to be seen, if the tincture will be used in any arms in other countries.


  1. Appleton, David B. (2002). "New Directions in Heraldry" (PDF). p. 3. Retrieved 6 January 2014. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume II), Ottawa, 1995, p. 380
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