Searching on-line for interesting information on roses is fun to do. Here are a few things I found on my recent search, compiled here for your enjoyment as well;
Little Known Facts About Roses
The Rose is the symbol of beauty and loveliness worldwide. An integral part of our culture, they have been associated with paintings, music, and literature since the dawn of history. Admired, appreciated, and linked with all kinds of human activities, it would be difficult to locate an individual who could not recognize a rose. This best known and most loved of all cultivated plants; it is truly the queen of all flowers. Roses are the standard of perfection by which all other flowers are judged, and they are blooming big business. Here are a few interesting facts about the flower and the business of roses few people are aware of;
1. A single rose cost $3.75 in 1878. When adjusted for today’s inflationary rate, that same rose would cost $93. Today the average cost of a dozen long stemmed red roses delivered to impress or show appreciation to that special someone cost around $80.
2. 60% of the 1.5 billion cut roses imported and sold in the United States come from Colombia South America. Thirty years ago, only 7% of all cut roses sold in the U.S. were imported.
3. There are more than 15,000 different varieties of cultivated rose species worldwide. The Barbara Streisand, a lavender hybrid tea with a pink blush, was selected by Ms. Streisand after she auditioned 3 hybrids for 2 years in her own garden which is filled with 1200 roses.
4. Among the 50 U.S. states; Georgia (The Cherokee Rose), Iowa (Wild Prairie Rose), New York (Rose), Oklahoma (Oklahoma Rose) and North Dakota (Wild Prairie Rose) list the rose as their state flower.
5. There are rules that must be honored when naming newly cultivated species of roses. The International Cultivator Registration Authority limits new rose species name to a maximum of 30 letters and 10 syllables.
6. The ultimate flower gift would be a dozen long stemmed rose variety named for the receiver. Wouldn’t you agree? The minimum price a nursery charges to create and name a rose variety specifically is $15,000. Here is a novel gift idea for the person that has everything.
7. The most expensive privately developed rose specie is the Juliet. An English breeder spent 15 years and $5.5 million dollars to cultivate this apricot colored variety. Juliet was the first of David Austin’s Cut Roses.
8. After nearly 18 years of research, the Blue rose has been successfully cultivated. This was accomplished by inserting a pansy gene into a mauve rose. The Japanese firm Suntory achieved what had long been thought to be impossible. This new blue rose variety, named Applause, is expected to arrive in U.S. flower shops soon. I has been estimated the blue rose will generate over $305 million in annual revenue.
9. Around Valentine’s Day, the average price of roses increases 42%, on average. This past Valentine’s Day, 214 million roses were sold in the United States. Nearly 60% of those the roses that were sold that day were red.
The rose’s majestic form, gorgeous coloring, and delightful fragrance is incomparable. Even her thorns command respect. Is it any wonder why it consistently maintains the pinnacle in the flower business as the most beloved and requested flower gift. “A rose by any other name would it smell as sweet?”
A Rose by Any Name: The Little-Known Lore and Deep-Rooted History of Rose Names by Douglas Brenner and Stephen Scanniello
Product name SUNTORY blue rose APPLAUSE
Reference price Approx. 2,000–3,000 yen each
• Not subject to MSRP pricing.
• No suggested retail price has been set.
• Any prices given here do not prevent retailers from setting their own shelf prices.
Available November 3, 2009
Sales area Greater Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba Prefectures)
Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe area (Osaka, Hyogo, and Kyoto Prefectures)
*NOTE*: All the photos of this supposed blue rose surely do look mauve in color to me. Not truly a blue rose.
More little known facts;
The first recorded use of rose as a name for a color was in English in 1382.
The various colors are:
Tea Rose: Used mostly in interior design. It is popular, mostly by women, for bedroom painting.
Persian Pink: This color is well loved in Persia (Iran); so many shades are named after Persia. This color is very popular in women’s fashion.
Light Thulium Pink
Dogwood Rose or Georgian Rose
Chestnut or Indian Red
Cordovan : a rich medium dark shade of rose.
Rosewood: named after the Rosewood
This is a part List Of Roses Named After People;
Among the individuals who have had roses named after them are the following:
Belmonte Rose : named for Francesca Elbrick di Belmonte, daughter of Prince Belmonte
Caroline de Monaco named for Princess Caroline
Crown Princess Mary named for Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Diana, Princess of Wales named for Diana, Princess of Wales
Duchess of Cornwall named for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Jacqueline du Pre
Jeanne d’ Arc
Mary Queen of Scots
Princess de Monaco named for Princess Grace
Queen Nefertiti named for Nefertiti
Royal William (rose) named for prince William of Wales
The List of Roses Named After People is extensive and on-going….
Bastani, Persian rosewater ice cream is served between wafers as an ice cream sandwich. The color rose is popular as rose petals, vitamin C rich rose hips and sugar are mixed together in Iranian cuisine with various spices to make rose colored and flavored jams, sauces and syrups.
– the father of Botany Theophrastus (371-286 BC) first classified and identified plants. In his classic books Enquiry into plants and De Causis Plantarum (The causes of plants) he wrote about a “hundred-petaled rose” and called it centifolia (literally: hundred petals).
– Roman Emperor Nero liked to shower his guests with fresh rose petals. According to the legend, the dense rose-petal cloud nearly suffocated some of the guests.
– In the Middle Ages, it was customary for the wealthy to put rose petals and rose oil in their baths. Many noblewomen carried bouquets of fragrant flowers to cover body odors.
– The early Christians saw a correlation between the five petals of the Rosa sancta and the five wounds of Christ. The red rose stood for Christ’s blood, while the white rose for the Virgin Mary.
– It was in the 17th century that French explorer Samuel de Champlain brought the first cultivated roses to North America.
– The oldest garden rose is the Rosa Gallica Officinalis, the apothecary rose. The oldest garden rose classes include the Albas, Centifolias and Damasks.
– The first patent ever registered for a plant was a patent for a hybridized rose, which gave “ever-blooming” characteristics to the climbing rose. It was issued by the United States Patent Office on August 18th to Henry F. Bosenberg for his “Climbing or Trailing Rose”.
– 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. The world’s largest rosebush is a white Lady Banksia located in Tombstone, Arizona. It’s original root came over from Scotland in 1885. From a single trunk, which is nearly six feet in diameter, it spreads over an arbor that covers over 8,00 square feet, enough to shelter a crowd of 150 people.
– 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. 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 private rose garden in the world is in Cavriglia, Italy, and holds over 7,500 different varieties of roses. More about the Cavriglia rose garden and other famous rose gardens.
– 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 oldest representation of a rose is a fresco in the palace of Minos in Cnossos, Crete. It depicts a five-petaled pink rose dates to about 1450 B.C.
– At first, rose oil was added to medicine to mask their bitter taste. It was only afterwards that the medicinal virtues of rose oil were discovered.
– 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 rose needed to be small to fit inside Astroculture, a plant growth chamber measuring 17 by 9 by 21 inch enclosure and developed for the middeck of the space shuttle to provides plants with the appropriate temperature, humidity, light, and nutrients during spaceflight. The purpose was to measure how low-gravity would influence the rose’s smell.
– The buds of the smallest rose, “Si”, are the size of a grain of rice.
Roses Introduced in the 1950’s (short list); (From my friends at Rouqe Valley Roses.)
Dame de Coeur
Mme. Louis Laperriere
Centenaire de Lourdes (Mrs Jones; Delge)
Improved Cecile Brunner
Bit O’ Sunshine