The rose is the most popular flower on the planet and most people know it as the flower that represents love. Well, there is much more to the rose that you probably didn’t know about. Being mentioned in the bible, being edible, living for a long time and being a source of Vitamin C are just a few examples.
Read on to learn more quick and interesting facts about roses.
The oldest living rose on the planet is believed to be a millennium old. It grows on the Cathedral of Hildesheim’s wall in Germany and its presence was first documented in 815 AD. It is said that the rosebush is a representation of the city of Hildesheim’s prosperity and as long as it continues to flourish, the city will not fall. In 1945, the cathedral was bombed, but the rosebush survived. Its roots were well ingrained into the ground and the rose was soon thriving again.
There are over 100 Rose species.
The biggest rose ever was bred by Nikita Rulhoksoffski from California. The flower was pink and measured around 33 inches in diameter. The biggest rosebush is a white Lady Banks found in Arizona. It spreads over an arbor that extends over an area of at least 9000 Sq. feet.
Some roses can grow pretty tall. The tallest rose ever recorded is over 7 meters or 23 feet tall
Out of all colors, you can’t come across a black rose. What is usually referred to a black rose is actually a rose with the dark red shade. The Black Rose of Turkey is an excellent example. The rose is a breed that appears to be pitch black to most people, but its true color is dark reddish-crimson.
Did you know that the rose ideally grows into a fruit?
The fruit is known as a Rose Hip. It resembles a berry in terms of shape and most of them are red, even though you will come across dark purple and black version.
The rose hips of some species are rich in vitamin C. That’s why this part of the rose is used to create marmalade, jelly and jam. The rose hip ideally has medicinal uses, can be fused to make rose hip syrup and some food supplements.
The most expensive rose in the world is the Juliet, a 2006 variety that was breed by the popular breeder David Austin. The breeding process took about 15 years and cost $15 Million. Juliet is now considered to be the most expensive rose variety.
Roses can live for a really long time.
Some fossils of the rose date back 35 million years. As mentioned earlier, there’s a rosebush that has survived over 1000 years in the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim.
The Ancient Romans used to wear the rose flower as a necklace and used it for room decorations. It was ideally believed that anything said under the rose in Roman circles was of the utmost secret.
Since ancient times, the rose has primarily been known to represent love. The flower is also associated with sorrow and sympathy.
In 2002, a small rose known as Overnight Scentsation was taken into space for studies regarding the effects of low gravity on the smell of roses. The research ideally aided in learning how to improve the fragrances of various products.
The rose is one of the three flowers along with camphire (henna) and lilies that are mentioned in the Bible.
The biggest private rose garden is Cavriglia in Italy. The garden has over 7000 rose varieties.
The tiniest roses have buds that are almost the same size as that of a rice grain.
These are some of the most amazing facts about the rose. It’s always fun to learn more about the things that surround us 🙂