They’re part of a big family.
There are about a hundred species which vary widely in colour, shape, and climate preference — tea roses, however, are the most common.
Don’t call them “thorns.”
If you want to get technical, roses have prickles, not thorns. Botanically speaking, thorns have deeper roots in a plants’ stem, but prickles attach at the surface and are more easily removed.
They’re stars in many states.
Four states in America have chosen the rose as their official flower: Georgia, Iowa, New York, and North Dakota. Plus, the rose has been the United States national flower since 1986.
America’s first president was a fan.
George Washington was the first rose breeder in the United States, and he even named a variety after his mother Mary Washington.
Roses are edible
Their petals can be used to make jams, syrups, and rosewater.
Roses can survive for extremely long periods of time.
For example, a large rose bush covers the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany and has done for over 1000 years.