Discovery: According to fossil evidence, the rose dates back 35 millions years. Garden cultivation most likely began in China about 5,000 years ago. Early uses include rose petal oil, garden ornamentals, and cut flowers. During the 17th century, roses were in such high demand that royalty considered them legal tender and were often used as barter and payment.

Common Name: Rose

Botanical Name: Rosa

Pronunciation: rohz

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Rosales

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rosa