45 Facts About Roses That Are Blooming Wonderful

Jo Kingsley
Jan 29, 2024 By Jo Kingsley
Originally Published on Dec 04, 2020
The rose comes from the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae.
Age: 0-99
Read time: 6.1 Min

Here at Kidadl, we're in love with the rich flora that can be found in the world around us.

There are so many different kinds of plants, flowers and foliage and each is as fascinating as the next. If you fancy getting your kids excited about country living and all the colors that can be found there, why not share these amazing bamboo facts and dandelion facts with them?

And if you're a fan of roses, you're sure to love this blooming wonderful collection of unique facts about roses.

Interesting Facts About Roses

Get stuck into these fun facts about roses.

1. The rose is the national flower of the United States, and it features on the back of the quarter.

2. Georgia, Iowa, New York, North Dakota and Washington, D.C all have a different rose variety as their state flower.

3. It's quite easy to care for roses - plant them in a sunny spot and water them enough to keep the soil moist.  

4. In ancient Greece, the rose was associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

5. In English history, there was an ongoing series of battles between 1455 to 1485, The Wars of The Roses. They were named this because each side of the battle was represented by a rose - The House of York a white rose, and The House of Lancaster a red rose.

Varieties Of Roses‍

Red roses are a symbol of love.

Do you know your Rosa from your rose bush? This information about roses will get you up to speed.

6. The rose comes from the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae.

7. The genus Rosa is subdivided into four subgenera: Hulthemia, Hesperrhodos, Platyrhodon and Rosa.

8. There are over three hundred species of roses and tens of thousands of cultivars (cultivated or hybrid roses).

9. Most rose species are native to Asia, with fewer being native to North America and fewer still being native to Europe and northwest Africa.

10. Roses don't just grow as a single flower - different species include shrubs, climbers, trailers and groundcovers.

11. Roses come in all colors of the rainbow, from red, pink and yellow to orange, white and even blue!

12. Wild roses only bloom once a year, and are naturally pollinated by insects.

Characteristics Of Roses

From the flower to the bush, you'll learn a lot with these roses facts.

13. In most species, roses are five to 15 centimeters long.  

14. The flowers of most rose species have five petals.

15. Most roses are deciduous (they shed their petals after flowering).

16. Although we usually call them thorns, the sharp growths on the roses stem are actually called prickles. They are usually sickle-shaped hooks, which help the rose to hang onto other plants as it grows over them.

17. A typical rose can live about 35 years, but they can live a really long time with the right care.

Uses Of Roses

Check out these rose fun facts - did you know you can eat them as well as admire them?!

18. Rose petals are edible and can be eaten raw, dried or soaked to create rose water.

19. Rose syrup can be made by adding sugar to rose water.

20. Roses also grow a small, berry shaped fruit called rosehip, which can be red, orange, dark purple, or even black. The rosehip fruit is filled with vitamin C and can be used to make a delicious tea.

21. The rose flower has a lovely floral scent which makes it the perfect ingredient for perfume.

22. It takes two thousand roses to extract just one gram of rose oil to be used in perfume.

23. Roses are often ornamental and used to create pretty rose garden areas, particularly in stately homes.

24. Roses are a popular species for cut flowers, used in bouquets.

25. Many roses are used in herbal medicine, as well as traditional Chinese medicine.

Facts About Hybrid Roses ‍

It's possible to create roses with rainbow rose petals.

What do you get if you cross a pink rose and a red rose?! These facts on roses are amazing.

26. Most ornamental roses are hybrids that were bred for their popular flowers.

27. But some hybrid roses are grown for scented foliage or even ornamental thorns.

28. Ornamental roses have been cultivated for thousands of years, with the earliest dating from around 500 BC in Persia and China.

29. You can make rainbow roses by taking a white rose and splitting the stem into different bowls of dyed colored water. The rose sucks up the water and it dyes the flower petals different colors!

Amazing Facts About Roses

These cool facts about roses are guaranteed to make you say wow!

30. Roses are one of the oldest flowers, with archaeologists discovering rose fossils that date back 35 million years.

31. The oldest living rose is 1,000 years old and it grows on a wall on the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.

32. A rose breeder spent 15 years breeding a rare rose variety called Juliet, which sold for $15.8 million in 2006.

33. Although there are many species calling themselves black (for example Black Magic or Black Beauty) black roses don't exist. They are actually extremely dark red roses which can appear black in the right rose garden.

34. There is a Rose Hall of Fame, which contains roses considered to be world favorites. Winning roses are voted for by members of the World Federation of Rose Societies.

35. The tallest ever recorded rose bush is over 23 feet (or seven meters) tall.

36. In 1998, a rose named Overnight Scentsation was sent into orbit on the Discovery mission STS-95 making it the first rose to go into outer space.

Rose Color Meanings

Did you know that white roses mean something different to red roses? Discover all the different meanings with these rose facts.

37. White roses often represent purity, innocence and youthfulness. Sometimes named bridal roses, they can also symbolize love, loyalty and a new beginning.

38. Yellow roses have come to represent friendship, joy and caring. But in Victorian history, yellow roses symbolized jealousy!

39. The pink rose is often a symbol of femininity, with a brighter pink color also conveying gratitude and a lighter pink color conveying joy.

40. Red roses are a symbol of love and are popular on Valentines Day and at weddings.

41. A blue rose represents mystery or the impossible.

Facts About Roses Dying

The poor rose bush does suffer from a variety of pests and diseases.

42. Roses can be attacked by 'powdery mildew,' a fungal disease that leaves greyish white, powdery growth all over stems, flower buds and flowers.

43. Roses can also be attacked by a different fungal disease called 'rose black spot' that causes leaves to turn yellow and fall off.

44. Roses can even be affected by 'rose rust' in the summer months.

45. Roses can suffer with aphid infestation, and be attacked by leaf cutter bees and a pest known as the rose sawfly.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly facts for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our 45 Facts About Roses That Are Blooming Wonderful, then why not take a look at facts about flowers, or bulb facts?

We Want Your Photos!
We Want Your Photos!

We Want Your Photos!

Do you have a photo you are happy to share that would improve this article?
Email your photos

More for You

See All

Written by Jo Kingsley

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Film and English

Jo Kingsley picture

Jo KingsleyBachelor of Arts specializing in Film and English

Jo is a versatile writer with a Bachelor's degree in Film and English from the University of Southhampton who is passionate about mental health and well-being, history, art, food and drink, and photography. As a work-from-home mom to two adventurous boys, she loves exploring local castles, museums, and galleries with them, and sharing her knowledge and interests through her blog.

Read full bio >