Most people would consider roses as their first choice when giving flowers to their loved ones. While they are commonly known to be red and associated with love, roses are anything but a flower we’ve always known. There are actually fascinating facts about them. Read on to find out!
The Expensive Juliet Rose
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This hybrid flower was cultivated for 15 years by the renowned rose breeder David Austin and cost him $3 million dollars making this rose the most expensive to be developed.
A Rose in Space
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Who would have thought a rose in outer space? Well, that’s what the people in the perfume industry giant International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) exactly thought about. They wondered “Could space-travelling flowers yield something new and exotic scent?”
So in 1998, IFF teamed up with WCSAR, a NASA Commercial Space Center that help companies research new products in outer space, and made this happen. WCSAR developed ASTROCULTURE™ which carried the miniature rose called “Overnight Scentsation” to space.
Rose is One of the Oldest Blooms on Earth
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Roses have been around for many centuries and in fact, there has been fossil evidence that suggests roses are 35 million years old. Aside from that, the rose is one of the 3 flowers that were mentioned in the Bible.
A Whole Lot of Species
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You may think roses have different colours but they all look the same. While it’s true, did you know that there’s actually over 150 species of them and a thousand different hybrids?
You Can Eat Roses
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While it’s known that there are edible flowers, did you know that roses are one of them? In fact, they have a lot of nutritional value, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. They are also considered a herb in some countries.