Updated: Feb 6
It is no secret that a rose is one of the most demanded flowers and is recognized as the symbol of love on a global scale. Although there are at least over fifty well known varieties of roses throughout the world and each are an indication of love, for time sake, we will only mention our most sought after roses for Valentine’s Day.
According to Flowerpaedia (2018), authored by environmental artist and floral specialist, Cheralyn Darcey, the colors of a rose can have different meanings. For instance, the white rose represents truth, protection, and purity. The pink rose represent thankfulness and gratitude, appreciation, and desire.
As for the red rose, this flower represents love, respect, courage, passion, lust, relationship, unity, and beauty.
The gifting of flowers, specifically roses, became significant due to the cultural influence of greek mythology and its' praise for the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. Mythology states that a rose bush grew from the ground from the blood of her lost lover, Adonis. In honor and celebration, the romans, who also hailed Aphrodite as Venus upheld the rose as a symbol of love and beauty.
According to the online resource, Encyclopedia Britannica, britannica.com (sourced in 2020), the rose, otherwise referred to as Rosacea, are some of the most perennial shrubs within the rose family (Genus). These flowers can be sourced from regions of the northern hemisphere and are native to Asia, North America, and Europe. Today, an average rose can range in color and fragrances sourcing from professional crossbreeding techniques.
There are popular classes of roses. For instance, there are Hybrid Tea Roses which are sourced from crossbreeding Hybrid Perpetual Roses. Polyantha Roses produces dense and hardy roses in tiny blossoms and Floribunda Roses are hardy hybrids with crossing from Hybrid Teas with Polyanthas. Grandiflora Roses are new hybrids resulting from crossbreeding Hybrid Teas and Floribunda Roses. Of all of the rose family variations, the Damask Rose is the most utilized for perfume fragrance. Rose hips, the edible and fleshy berry-like fruit, are high in vitamin C and are often found in teas and preservatives.
Cheers to the legacy of the rose! - OXO, Flor Box
Although roses have been dominating center stage for centuries, when it comes to the language of love, there are other well known flowers that are also synonymous with love. Let's explore the top flowers that represent love.