Several parts of rose plants are considered edible by many insects, birds and mammals, including humans. Although most roses are protected by thorns, the petals, seeds and fruit, known as rose hips, are a natural part of the food chain for many animals.Continue Reading
According to the U.S. Forest Service, roses are among many nontoxic and nutritious flowers that can be enjoyed by humans and other animals. Roses are a viable and nutritious food option for herbivores because the rose hips and seeds are high in vitamin C. Rose hips are available even in the winter and have purported medicinal properties.
One edible rose, the Virginia rose, is a documented food source for a wide variety of animals, including bees and beetles, eight species of bird, mice, deer, rabbits and skunks. Because both grazers and browsers can eat different parts of the plant, roses are at the bottom of many food chains.
According to the Wilderness Arena survival guide, roses can help humans subsist in several ways. The buds and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked, the leaves produce a tasty tea, young shoots can be peeled for eating and the hips are prepared and consumed in a variety of ways.Learn more about Botany
Animals that eat both plants and other animals, called omnivores, occur in every major animal lineage, including insects, fish, reptiles, mammals and birds. By contrast, some lineages, such as spiders, are completely devoid of omnivores.Full Answer >
The average tea rose bush lives six to 10 years, while several species of climbing roses live 50 years or longer, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension. A rose bush's longevity depends on a number of factors, most notably pruning and other care.Full Answer >
Pink roses are divided between several species of the genus Rosa, or rose. This genus contains over one hundred species from around the world, many of which are pink in color. Moreover, many species may be found both with pink coloration and in other hues.Full Answer >
Sunflowers use a cross-pollination method of reproduction by attracting animals and insects such as bees and using them to spread reproductive pollen from one flower to another. Sunflowers can self-reproduce, but by doing this, they don't have the diverse offspring that are better suited to their environment.Full Answer >