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We continue in the spirit of Mother’s Day, and more roses have been sold today than any other day. But how much do you really know about the flowers that come in so many different colors? Have you given your mother any roses today? Here’s a bouquet of facts about roses that could be fun to share with your mother!

Black roses are nothing but a big myth…

There are no roses that are black in color, although there are a few rose species that come very close. The Turkish Halfeti rose, also known as “The Black Rose of Turkey,” is a very rare type that appears black to the eye but is actually a very dark red color.

The blue rose is a very recent phenomenon…

For years, florists have tried to create what seemed impossible for so long – a blue rose. The rose petals lack the enzyme needed to create a blue pigment, and florists and researchers have always failed. But in 2009, they were finally able to apply genetics to create the blue rose!

For years, florists have tried to create what seemed impossible for so long – a blue rose. The rose petals lack the enzyme needed to create a blue pigment, and florists and researchers have always failed. But in 2009, they were finally able to apply genetics to create the blue rose!

You would want this in your garden…!

The tallest measured rosebush has been a whopping 8,705 meters (28.559 feet) tall, and was grown by Hafizullah Khaled in Vienna, Austria, as verified on 17 October 2020.

Mentioned in the Bible…

Just a handful types of flowers are mentioned by name in the Bible, and the rose is one of them.

Just a handful types of flowers are mentioned by name in the Bible, and the rose is one of them.

Over 35 million years old…

Fossils of roses have been found on several occasions, and many of them have been measured to be as old as 35,000,000 years (!).

You probably need a large garden for that…

The largest rosebush in terms of quantity has been measured to have a total of over 200,000 roses. Talk about a big bush!

The perfect Mother’s Day gift…

Introduced to the world in 2006 by the renowned florist David Austin, the Juliet rose (see image below) took 15 years and cost about 5,000,000 dollars (!) to develop. It is undoubtedly the world’s most expensive rose variety.

Introduced to the world in 2006 by the renowned florist David Austin, the Juliet rose (see image below) took 15 years and cost about 5,000,000 dollars (!) to develop. It is undoubtedly the world’s most expensive rose variety.

Used in salads in some cultures…

It is not uncommon at all to mix one or two roses into the salad as a garnish. Roses contain more vitamin C than an orange, after all.

Roses instead of forests…

Ecuador is one of the world’s largest rose exporters. 54% of their land area is covered with roses, which also makes it a significant part of the country’s GDP.

Ecuador is one of the world’s largest rose exporters. 54% of their land area is covered with roses, which also makes it a significant part of the country's GDP.

600 million roses per year…

France is one of the countries in Europe where roses sell the best. 60% of their total flower sales are rose bouquets, which also means that approximately 600,000,000 roses are sold annually.


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