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Trivia about Roses

Trivia about Roses
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Trivia about Roses

It is rightly said that “If roses were not special, weeds would not envy them”.  Well, indeed roses are special! Apart from being the symbol of love, they also signify physical beauty. Roses touch everyone’s lives. And to know more about roses, you do not need to be an expert.

Therefore, we have prepared a list of interesting trivia about roses. Read ahead to know about the flower that makes life a blessing!

  Color

  • No matter how much we love the color black, roses do not come naturally in black color. White roses are either dyed in black or extremely dark red roses are referred to as black roses.
  • All rose colors have special meanings and emotional values attached to them.
  • For years, breeders had been trying to create roses in blue. And in 2009 that came to fruition by applying genetic engineering.
  • Florists have also curated a rainbow rose! Seven multi colors dye the white rose into a rainbow!

Official Flower

  • Rose is an official state flower of New York, Iowa, Georgia, and North Dakota, the District of Columbia, and the province of Alberta.
  • England’s national flower is also rose.
  • In 1986, the U.S.A. adopted the flower rose as its national emblem!
  • June is the national rose month in the United States.

Writings

  • Shakespeare’s writings mention roses more than 50 times. One of the most famous lines is- “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”; this reference is from his famous play Romeo and Juliet.
  • Even the sacred text of the Bible mentions roses numerous times. The only three flowers mentioned are roses, lilies, and Camphire.

Characteristics

  • Roses can grow really tall. The tallest rose recorded is 7 meters tall.
  • Roses also have fruits. The rose fruit goes by the term- rosehip. The fruit looks like berries and is dark red in color.
  • Rosehip is quite rich in vitamin C. And makes a perfect ingredient in jams and jellies.
  • There are more than 100 species of roses!

Myths and Legends

  • Myth has it that Cupid, the God of love himself, created thorns in the rose plant. He accidentally shot his arrow at a rose bush, after a bee stung him and that gave birth to thorns on the rose plant.
  • According to Roman legends, God Zephyrus loved Flora so much that he changed himself into a rose. And the plan worked too! Flora loved only flowers and kissed the rose that God Zephyrus had turned himself into.
  • One of the stories goes that Cupid created red roses by spilling over a bowl of wine, kept on the table of Bacchus (God of wine).
  • Legend has it that Aphrodite took birth from sea- foam. And whenever she walks, the falling seafoam creates white roses.

 History

  • Roses have been around for 35 million years.
  • Napoleon’s wife, Josephine made a gran rose garden that grew more than 250 varieties of roses. This garden later became the inspiration for the famous Belgian artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

 Uses

  • Roses have been used to make perfumes since ancient times. The fragrance comes from the glands present in the petals.
  • Petals of roses are also used to extract oil for various purposes.
  • You can even eat a rose. That’s right! Roses are edible and decorate salad dressings.
  • Cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries use rosehip for certain preparations.
  • Because roses are so pleasant to look at, a rose shrub is used at hill plantations to stabilize the soil and prevent soil erosion.