12 Interesting Facts About Roses
1. Roses are from the family Rosaceae, with over 100 species and thousands of cultivars, most of which have been bred as garden-variety roses.
2. Roses have been known to be cultivated since ancient times in China, Greece and Babylon, even before gaining popularity in Europe in the 17th century.
3. Certain cultivars have been named after famous people. The “Nancy Regan”, “Elvis” and “Dolly Parton” are some examples.
4. They can be propagated through hard wood cuttings and grafting. According to the USDA Hardiness map, most roses are hardy from zones 4 to 10.
5. They come in a variety of colors — red, pink, yellow, orange, white, light green, peach, black, blue — and color combinations.
6. Despite the wide range in coloration, there are no true blue roses. All blue roses that are available commercially are originally white roses that were made to absorb blue dye. A blue rose was cultivated in recent years, but it’s color is more light purple than blue.
8. They are edible. They can be added to salads and used in desserts and cakes. Petals and rose hips can also be made into jam.
9. Rose oil is extracted from the petals and rose hips, and used in making perfume, beauty products and cosmetics.
10. Roses petals can be made into tea, and also infused with plain water to make rose water. Sugar is added to this to make rose syrup.
11. Roses are the most favorite cut flowers in the world, taking up a huge chunk of sales for the cut flower industry. While in good demand all year round, roses are most in demand during Valentine’s day, with red being the best selling color.
12. New York, Iowa, Georgia and North Dakota all count the rose as their state flower.