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45 Amazing and Interesting Facts about Rose | Amazing Facts 4U 

  1. Rose is one of the best known and most favorite plants in the world. Majority of them are native to Asia, while others originate from Europe, North America and Africa.
  2. There are over 15,000 different species of rose which are cultivated in different colors all over the world.
  3. Cherries, apricots, apples, peaches, plums, pears and almonds are relatives of rose.
  4. Roses are among the oldest plants. The oldest fossils of roses discovered in Colorado dates back to 35 million years.
  5. Roses are often used in literature and songs. There are over 4000 songs dedicated to roses.
  6. In 11th October 1492, the crew of Columbus picked out the branch of a rose from ocean which was a hint that there was a presence of beautiful land beneath. The next day, America was discovered by Columbus.
  7. 54% of the land in Ecuador is filled with roses. Nearly 25% of all roses sold in the US come from Ecuador.
  8. In Zambia over 80% of cultivated land is dominated with rose cultivation. Roses comprise 95% of all Zambia’s flower exports.
  9. 30% of Europe’s cut flower imports are from Kenya, and most of those are roses. The bigger rose farms each employ some 5,000 workers.
  10. All the rose-growing countries are near the equator in areas where water is fairly ample as roses are thirsty plants consuming up to 13 liters for one rose flower to blossom.
  11. About 60% of the roses grown in the U.S. are produced in California. One acre of greenhouse rose production in the U.S. is valued at about one million dollars, including value of plants, greenhouse structure and land.
  12. Size of rose depends on the species. Flower can reach from couple of inches to more than two feet in diameter. In fact, certain rose species can reach 23 feet in height.
  13. The largest rose ever bred was a pink rose measuring approximately 33 inches in diameter. It was bred by Nikita K. Rulhoksoffski from San Onofre, California.
  14. Roses can survive long period of time. Rose that covers the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany has lasted for more than 1200 years  documented since A.D. 815.
  15. Color of the rose depends on the species. Roses can be found in different shades of white, yellow, pink, orange and red colors. Blue and black roses do not exist.
  16. Red Rose expresses love. White Rose is the sign of innocence, purity and spirituality. Yellow Rose indicates evoking joy and warmth. Pink Rose convey joy, gratitude, admiration and sweetness. Orange Rose is used to express pride and intense desire towards someone. Blue Rose says I am constantly thinking about you. Lavender Rose expresses love at first sight. Black Rose conveys death or end of a relationship.
  17. In fact, there are no roses that are black few species of roses come close. The Turkish Halfeti rose (“The Black Rose of Turkey”), is an extremely rare breed that appears pitch-black to the eye, but in fact is a dark reddish-crimson color.
  18. For years’ breeders have crossed different colors of roses in an effort to create, a blue rose but rose petals lack the enzyme needed to create a blue pigment. Only recently in 2009, genetic engineering techniques have resulted in the world’s first blue rose.
  19. For hundreds of years the rose has been widely recognized as a symbol of love, sympathy or sorrow.
  20. Historically the rose was of great importance to the Romans and Egyptians. Romans would use them as room decorations, or wear them on string around their neck.
  21. The famous Cleopatra of Egypt was believed to have covered the floor of her palace room with roses before Mark Antony visited her.
  22. Traditionally England’s national flower is Rose. The rose came to prominence there during the ‘Wars of the Roses’, 1455 to 1485 when the house of Lancaster was represented by the red rose and fought against the house of York which was represented by the white rose.
  23. The rose is most commonly used as an ornamental plant grown in the garden for its beautiful flowers.
  24. Rose oil is important ingredient in the perfume industry. Extraction of minimal amount of this oil requires huge number of roses (Amazingly 1 gram of oil is produced from 2000 roses).
  25. The nice scent of the rose comes from microscopic perfume glands on the petals.
  26. The flowers of most species of rose including wild roses have 5 petals except for the species ‘Rosa sericea’ which has only 4. The Rosa Sericea is native to the Himalayas. This breed of rose was introduced to Europe only in the 19th century.
  27. The name “Rose” is often used as a girl’s name in English speaking countries.
  28. Because they’re low-maintenance and nice to look at, rose shrubs are used as landscape plants for hedging (the thorns can discourage intruders) or planted on hillsides as a slope stabilizing method to stop soil erosion.
  29. Roses are well known by their prickles looking like hooks which facilitate bonding to the other plants especially in the climber types of roses and protects stem from herbivores. Even though prickles are strong and sharp, certain species of deer are able to eat roses. Insects and spiders often attack roses. Fungal diseases can also damage cultivated roses.
  30. Wild roses bloom only once per year.
  31. The fruit of a rose is called a rose hip. The berry-like hip are colored red or dark purple or black.
  32. Roses are edible. Rose hip contains more vitamin C when compared to any vegetable or fruit. The rose hip can be made into jam, jelly, or brewed for tea. Hip seed oil is also used in skin products and makeup products.
  33. Rose water and rose syrup are commonly used in cooking.
  34. Napoleon used to gift his officers with bags containing rose petals in order to boil them with white wine so that they could cure themselves from lead poisoning from bullet or shot wounds.
  35. The rose is the official National Floral Emblem of the United States. This legislation was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on October 7, 1986.
  36. In 1986 the rose also became the official flower of four states including the state of New York, Iowa, North Dakota and Georgia.
  37. The month of June has been set aside as National Rose Month since 1969.
  38. Nearly 85% of Americans choose rose as their favorite flower.
  39. The most expensive and exclusive rose in the world can cost $33.
  40. In 2002, the miniature rose, named the “Overnight Scentsation”, journeyed to space to aid in studies regarding the effects of low gravity on the smell of the rose.
  41. Introduced to the world in 2006 by famed rose breeder David Austin, the Juliet rose took 15 years and about $5 million to breed.
  42. The largest rosebush in the world is of the Lady Banksia variety. The rosebush’s canopy measures 8,500 square feet, its trunk has a circumference of around 12 feet and it comprises of over 200,000 blooms.
  43. The largest private rose garden in the world is in Cavriglia, Italy, and holds over 7,500 different varieties of roses.
  44. The rose is called the “Queen of Flowers.” The King of Sweden, sent Silvia Sommerlath, now his wife and Sweden’s Queen, one dozen yellow roses every day during a four-year romance.
  45. Only 3 flowers are mentioned by name in the Bible and the rose is one of them besides camphire (henna) and the lily.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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