‘Tis the season to give roses. But have you ever wondered where this tradition stems from? Believe it or not, roses have played an important role in civilization for centuries. They were known as a symbol for love, celebration, and beauty. Today, the rose continues to be an important part of modern celebrations such as Valentine’s Day, weddings and birthdays.
To learn more about the flower, we have compiled a list of 12 fun facts about roses:
- Red roses are a symbol for love and affection.
- The tallest rose bush on record is over 7 metres tall!
- 12 is the most popular number of red roses to give…it means “be mine” and “I love you”.
- Roses are said to be the favourite flower of Venus… the Roman goddess of love.
- In the UK alone, it is estimated that 55 million red roses are sold on Valentine’s Day.
- It is said that Cleopatra of Egypt had a floor of her palace covered with roses in anticipation of the arrival of her lover Mark Antony.
- In the U.S. state of Colorado, fossils of roses have been discovered from over 35 million years ago.
- Roses are edible. Their petals can be used to make jams, syrups, and rosewater.
- There is a 1,000 year old rose bush covering a wall at the German Cathedral of Hildesheim.
- There are over 4,000 songs dedicated to roses.
- Wild roses only blossom once a year.
- There are over 100 species of roses that determine colour, shape and size.
Make sure you pop by the Rockflower vending machine at Blackfriars station this weekend to pick up a bouquet of roses for your special someone this Valentine’s Day. We’ve got an array of single red roses & full bouquets available and we’ll be restocking the vend all weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Are you a fan of red roses?