Valentines Day is this one day when one product — a red rose — is worth more than it is at any other time of the year, but that doesn’t stop us from loving them! Maybe it’s the romantic notion they stand for, or maybe it’s their simplistic beauty, but every year about 100 million roses are grown and bought for Valentine’s Day in the United States.
Since we’re approaching their most popular time of year, it’s only right that we appreciate their beauty and their history. There are so many remarkable facts about roses that most people don’t know.
- There are about a hundred species of roses, which vary widely in color, shape, and climate preference — tea roses, however, are the most common.
- There are so many hidden meanings. According to Victorian flower dictionaries, tea rose’s color determines its meaning. Red roses signify “love,” pink ones mean “grace,” peach signals “modesty,” and orange implies “fascination.”
- Technically, roses do not have thorns, but prickles. Botanically speaking, thorns have deeper roots in a plants’ stem, but prickles attach at the surface and are more easily removed.
- George Washington was the first rose breeder in the United States. Washington laid out his own garden at Mt. Vernon and filled it with his own selections of roses. He even named one of his varieties after his mother, Mary Washington, and it is still being grown today.
- Roses can live a very long time. It’s said that the oldest rose bush in the world grows on the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. It’s believed to be over 1000 years old. According to the legend, the rosebush symbolizes the prosperity of the city of Hildesheim; as long as it flourishes, Hildesheim will not decline. In 1945 allied bombers destroyed the cathedral, yet the bush survived. Its roots remained intact beneath the debris, and soon the bush was growing strong again.
- 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.
There are many other facts about roses that can be explored further, but we think these stand above the rest. Now that you know, give out those roses in confidence and share the knowledge, and impress that special someone in your life!
However, should you choose to forego the rose this year, or perhaps procrastinate and miss it, here is a list of other popular flowers that are just as beautiful:
- Calla lilies
Sources: Good House Keeping and Rosefarm.com