Roses are red

~ ~ ~ And violets are blue ~ ~ ~

Roses are out of this world — literally! The very first rose to travel to space was named Overnight Scentsation. The play on its name had to do with the fact that researchers were bringing the miniature rose to space to learn how low gravity impacted a rose’s scent.

People in 15th century England lived through the “War of Roses.” The war got its name after roses were used to symbolize which side people supported or were fighting for. White roses symbolized Yorkshire and red roses symbolized Lancaster.

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Black roses are an illusion of the mind

There are no roses that are black in color, although there are a few species of roses that come close. The Turkish Halfeti rose, also known as “The Black Rose of Turkey”, is an extremely rare breed that appears pitch-black to the eye, but in fact is a dark reddish-crimson color.

The world’s first blue rose

For years breeders have crossed different colors of roses in an effort to create what seemed the impossible, a blue rose. Rose petals lack the enzyme needed to create a blue pigment and breeders always failed. However, in 2009, applying genetic engineering resulted in the world’s first blue rose.

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The healing powers of the rose

Roses are not just some beautiful flower; each one contains some very beneficial gives from nature. Just below the blooms, around the area where the flower protrudes from the stem, are some curved leaves, commonly known as rosehips. These tiny leaves contain more vitamin C than any fruit or vegetable grown for that purpose today.

By brewing them in a strong tea, one cup will grant you an amount equal to five glasses of orange juice. The petals of cells are also edible, and some varieties have flavours that mimic delicious fruits, like strawberries, cherries, plums and peaches. Another reason for its popularity is most likely because of its longevity, one that will last long with very little care, for days after it is received.

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