Some fun facts about roses are that there are over 13,000 varieties of roses, they have prickles to protect them from herbivores and some roses can grow to be over 20 feet in height. The cultivation of roses dates back to 500 B.C. Some types of wild roses can flourish in different types of habitats.
An interesting fact about wild roses is that they have only five petals and sepals, but cultivated roses contain more petals. There are approximately 100 species of roses, and the most common types are tea roses. Some rose bushes can live for an extended period of time, such as the one that grows on the walls of the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. The bush may be more than 1,000 years old.
The thorn-like structures found on roses are referred to as prickles. Prickles can protect roses from certain herbivores, but there are some deer that can eat roses. However, roses can be susceptible to fungal diseases and insects.
There are many products derived from roses, such as perfumes, oils, rose water, teas and marmalade. Rose hips are used to make tea and are rich sources of vitamin C. Different colors of roses symbolize different things, such as red is for love and white represents purity.
A rose's perfume emanates from the petals. Similarly, there is a change in scent from the rose in the bud to when it is in bloom. Rose oil, which is utilized to make perfume, can contain 300 different active ingredients.