Interesting Facts About Roses

Interesting Facts:

  •  There are more than 15,000 different types of rose species and cultivated varieties worldwide.
  •  On Valentine’s Day in 2008, a monstrous 214 million roses were sold in the United States. 59% of them were red.
  •  The Japanese firm Suntory spent 18 years of research to do what was long thought impossible: creating blue roses. They achieved the feat by insetting pansy genes into the Cardinal de Richelieu, a mauve rose. Those 18 years of research are poised to pay off and then some. The potential market for blue roses is estimated at $303.5 million a year. Blue roses debuted flower shops in 2009.
  •  The oldest garden rose is the Rosa Gallica Officinalis, the apothecary rose.
  •  The first patent ever registered for a plant was a patent for a hybridized rose, which gave “ever-blooming” characteristics to the climbing rose.
  •  The largest rose ever bred was a pink rose measuring approximately 33 inches in diameter.
  •  The world’s oldest living rose is believed to be 1,000 years old. It grows on the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany and its presence is documented since A.D. 815.
  •  The largest private rose garden in the world is in Cavriglia, Italy, and holds over 7,500 different varieties of roses.
  •  The only rose known to have only four petals is Rosa Sericea, brought to Europe form the Himalayas at the end of the nineteenth century.
  •  The first rose to leave the earth was as miniature rose called “Overnight Scentsation” that had been cultivated by IFF researcher Dr. Braja Mookherjee for experiments in space.
  •  The buds of the smallest rose, “Si”, are the size of a grain of rice.
  •  Rose hips contain more Vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable.

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