Our romantic Rose Fairy always sighs happily at the thought that her flower is the symbol of love and beauty. If you kindly ask her, she can tell you many love stories that started with a Rose!
Did you know that most species of Rose are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and Northwest Africa? "Rose" means pink or red in many languages, and they are best known as ornamental plants grown for their flowers in the garden and sometimes indoors.
Rose belongs to the family Rosaceae, with over 100 species and thousands of cultivars. Its showy flowers, in colors ranging from white through yellows, are often armed with sharp prickles, which generated the proverb “Every rose has its thorns.”
Rose has long been used for commercial perfumers and cut flower crops. Rose perfumes are made from rose oil, and about two thousand flowers are needed to produce one gram of oil. Another well-known product is Rose water, which is used for cooking, cosmetics, medicine and in religious practices.
Rose is the national flower of England, and the state flower of four US states: Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia and New York.