According to fossil evidence, it is suggested that roses are 35 million years old and were cultivated for gardens about 5,000 years ago in China. They have been used as symbols of love, beauty, war and in politics and have been used for medicinal purposes and as a source of perfume. Currently there are thousands of varieties of roses developed for bloom shape, size, fragrance and even for lack of thorns.
The name originates from the Latin rosa. The scientific classification is :
There are between 100 and 150 species of the rose.
And as we all know the rose is the national flower of both England and the United States as well as being used as the symbol for the British and Irish Labour Parties. It goes without saying that the red rose is the most sold flower for Valentines Day!