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  • Flower facts - Roses

    5 posts, 5 voices, 656 views, started Feb 8, 2009

    Posted on Sunday, February 8, 2009


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      The rose is the best known of beauty and love. Red roses mean I Love You. A dozen of them make the ultimate statement on Valentine’s Day. A single rose signifies simplicity.

      Women prefer pastel colored roses, men on the other hand prefer red.

      The spice saffron comes from a certain type of crocus.

      Tulip bulbs can be used in place of onion for cooking.

      The rose is the favorite flower of 85% of Americans.  

      In 1986, then President Ronald Reagan signed legislation making the rose the official National Flower of the United States.

      George Washington bred roses at his home.

      A fossilized rose, which was 35 million years old, was found in Florissant, Colorado.

      Over 900 acres of greenhouse roses are harvested in the United States every year. 60% of these are grown in California.

      Florists sell millions of roses each year in the United States. The two biggest days for sales are Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. Christmas is the third highest day for rose sales.

      Columbus' crew picked a rose branch out of the ocean on October 11, 1492. This signaled the presence of land. The very next day, Columbus discovered America.

      Rose hips contain more Vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable.

      Ancient Romans believed that white roses grew where the tears of Venus fell when she was mourning Adonis.

      Shakespeare referred to roses over fifty times in his works.

      Mythology says that roses grew thorns when Cupid accidentally shot an arrow into a rose garden.

      The oldest rose in the world has flourished for over 1,000 years on the wall of Hildeshiem Cathedral in Germany.  


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