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Scientific Classification
Selected Species

The rose (genus Rosa) is a member of the family Rosaceae. The rose is known and cultivated throughout the world for its beauty and hardy growth. It is used in symbolically in numerous cultures and literature as a symbol of affection and love, even the famous Shakespeare himself.



The anatomy of a rose is similar to many other flowers, though it has woody growth of the stem. Roses have a pistil and stamen for reproduction, and the rosehip below the blossoms contains the seeds. The blossoms can be altered to almost any color by artificial means though they come in a variety of colors in the wild. The thorns on the stems are a form of defense for the rose.


The rose reproduces sexually, assisted by insects such as bees and hummingbirds through pollination. Once pollinated, the rose develops its ovary, the flower dies, and the rosehip (ovary), remains to protect the seeds inside. Once it falls off, the seeds are left in the ground to germinate.


They are perennials. The vast majority of roses are deciduous, but will flower for months with pruning. A few (particularly in southeast Asia) are evergreen or nearly so. The rose also needs full sun to grow healthily.

The blossoms on the woody plant are cut off and given to another as a special gift. Roses are grown in residences as a symbol of beauty and grace, and grow in the wild in much smaller bushes than those found in cultivation.



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