Roses: What You Should Know

Roses are a group of plants. In biology, that’s a genus. The genus belongs to the rose family. This family also includes apples, strawberries, almonds, and many others. Experts know between 100 and 250 types of roses. The best known are the red roses, which have been a symbol of love since ancient times.

With most roses, the bushes are green only in the warm seasons. Only a few species are considered “evergreen”. The stem, branches, and twigs of a rose have many thorns. In colloquial language one also speaks of thorns. The thorns also protect the rose from being eaten by animals. On the other hand, they help climb roses to hold on to another plant. This is also very helpful in the gardens today.

Roses like a lot of suns. That is why a rose bed should not be planted in the shade. You should also water the roses regularly and cut them. Regular pruning helps roses flower better.

The roses that you can buy in our shop were mostly cultivated by humans. They are called cultivated roses or breeding roses. Roses that grow in nature are called wild roses. Wild roses often grow at the edge of the forest, on pastures, or on beach ridges. Often they also grow when a new forest emerges somewhere.

The nut-shaped fruits of roses are called rose hips. The seeds grow in there. For example, you can make tea from rose hips. However, you should be careful if you see a rose hip in nature. The fruits have fine hairs that cause severe itching when touched. Rose hips are a valuable food source for various birds.

Roses are popular as a decoration or as a gift, for example for a loved one. Rose oil can be obtained from the blossoms of the rose. This process is called distilling. Because of its good smell, rose oil is often used to manufacture perfumes, room fragrances, or the like.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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