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Rose Facts and Superstitions

There are many interesting facts and superstitions about the stunning rose! We all know it signifies love and that it is the most popular flower in the world, but there’s much information most of us aren’t even aware of! Keep reading to learn some pretty cool stuff about roses!


There are about 100 different species of roses and thousands of identifiable varieties.

The first cultivation of roses documented was in China about 5,000 years ago.

President George Washington was one of the very first rose breeders in the United States. He named a rose variety Mary Washington, paying homage to his sweet mother.

According to the Victorian language of flowers, roses have different meanings depending on their color.

A rose bush at the cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany has been growing for well over 1,000 years!

The Guinness Book of World Records lists roses as the oldest species of flowers. A fossil was found in Colorado dating back 40 million years!

In Ecuador, 54% of the land is used to cultivate roses. In Zambia, the amount of land used for rose cultivation is a stunning 84%!

According to the Society of American Florists, 250 million roses were produced for the Valentine’s Day holiday in 2017.



It is often said that throwing rose leaves into a fire brings good luck. On the other hand, they should never touch the floor, otherwise, it brings bad luck.

Many believe that planting roses near someone’s grave protects their soul from evil spirits.

WARNING* This next superstition is dark! Some people believe that if you hold a rose in your hand and it loses its petals, a loved one will soon pass away. Yikes! I definitely don’t like this one!

Are you torn between multiple lovers? Take as many rose leaves as there are choices, write the name of your lovers and place them all on water. The first leaf to sink is the person you should probably stay with.

Looking for love? Placing dried rose petals under your mattress is said to bring romantic love into your life. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely trying this! I’ll let you know if it works ;)


Did you know any of these rose facts? Do you believe there is truth in any of these superstitions? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Don’t’ forget to send some roses to the special people in your life in celebration of Rose Month! Click the link below to find a local florist in your area.

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