Here at MyFlorist, we love to celebrate every time of flower. We know there are people out there who love daisies, begonias, sunflowers…every flower has its fans. But the rose is, perhaps, the most loved of all flowers. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring back Rose-Mania, one of our most popular flower sales! You won’t find a better deal on two dozen medium length roses. You can go with two dozen traditional red roses for your spouse, pick up gorgeous white roses for your mom, or send your best friend twenty-four yellow roses. But don’t let tradition stop you—mix it up and create multicolored bouquets!
To help celebrate the rose, we’ve gathered a number of rose facts, trivia, and history tidbits. We hope these little buds of rose information make you love this flower as much as we do.
Roses have been around for centuries. In fact, it’s believed that the first roses were cultivated in China over 5,000 years ago! The rose was grown around the world, but it was especially popular in the Middle East during the time of the Roman Empire. The Roman nobles built huge rose gardens in southern Rome and used the flower for perfumes, decoration, and even for some medicinal purposes. However, these gardens and even the rose’s popularity declined after the empire fell.
Later, the rose became popular in many European countries. In the fifteenth century, two English factions, York and Lancaster, each used a rose as their symbol. The battle between the two is now known as the War of the Roses.
A few centuries later, Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, cultivated a huge rose garden at Chateau de Malmaison. Botanical illustrator Pierre Joseph Redoute was frequently inspired by the roses here, and his watercolor collection entitled “Les Rose” is considered one of his best.
In the seventeenth century, roses were so popular that royalty treated them as currency! Roses and rose water was legal tender in many places.
In the United States, the oldest fossilized imprint of a rose was found in Florissant, Colorado, and it’s estimated to be 35 million years old! That certainly means that the rose is native to the U.S. and wasn’t introduced during the European exploration of the continent.
Trivia about the rose:
President Ronal Reagan signed legislation making the rose the United States National Floral Emblem in 1987.
The rose is also used by several states as its state flower: Iowa, Georgia, New York, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia.
According to one myth, the beautiful Rhodanthe had many suitors, so many that even the gods became jealous. When Rhodanthe hid from them in Diana’s temple, the suitors broke down the doors. Diana, already jealous, became angry and transformed the maiden and the men into a single flower, the rose. Rhodanthe became the bud and the men became the thorns.
In the fourteenth century, Robert Knollys built a passage between two homes he owned on opposite sides of Seething Lane. However, he did not get permission from the Lord Mayer of London to do this. His punishment: he was to pay a tax of one red rose on a cushion for all eternity. Even today, the Lord Mayer is presented with a red rose on June 24th as payment!
There is a rose bush on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany that is believed to be the world’s oldest living rose and is said to be over 1,000 years old.
June is National Rose Month!
Want to see some of our many Rose-Mania arrangements? Check out our Washington DC Rose Specials on our Flickr page!
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