The History Of a Rose, A symbol Of Love but with Heritage

Roses have a long, storied history. Fossils show that wild roses existed more than 35 million years ago. That means that roses have been on earth longer than humans. Hard to believe I know, even I was a little shocked when I found out that little fact. However, there is nothing to tell us how the flower began so I delved a little deeper .....

It has been documented that Wild rose bushes grew on hillsides on the island of Crete, Greece, thousands of years before Christ's birth. Roses and images of roses have also been found in tombs of ancient Egyptians. Scripture tells us that The Chinese and the Egyptians are thought to have first cultivated roses, around 5,000 years ago, selecting plants on the basis of flower color, elaborate rose gardens could be found at the homes of royalty and the wealthy.

In the late 18th century, cultivated roses were introduced into Europe from China, a lineage to which most modern-day roses can be traced back. Today, the genus Rosa includes approximately 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and northern Africa.

Roses have been symbols of love, beauty, and even war. In the 15th century, the rose was used as a symbol for the factions fighting to control England, in what is now known as the "War of the Roses." The white rose symbolized York, and the red rose, Lancaster.

The history of the Rose also takes us through religious history also. Most religions believe in rose symbolism in some form or other, in Christianity the rose is associated with Mary.

White roses are attributed to the Virgin martyrs and to the Virgin Mary herself and red roses represent the blood of Christ spilt on the cross and his love for mankind.

Roses are a truly spectacular specimen in my own personal opinion, and since finding out a few facts into its history and longevity, this purest of flower has taken on a new meaning in my life. Just imagine that the simple flower that you present to your loved one on valentines or just to add decor in your home has a history before humankind itself. Mother nature in its purest form.

A final fact .........

In the 17th century, roses were so in demand and highly valued that royalty treated roses and rose water as legal tender, using them for payments and bartering.

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