A Rose is A Rose


Extracted from "Orthos Complete Guide to Successful Gardening"

A Guide to the Genus Rosa

Roses have always been a part of nature's landscape design. Fossil evidence shows that roses have been around for at least thirty million years. Some type of rose has been discovered growing wild in almost every habitable place in the northern hemisphere of our planet

Botanically speaking, all roses belong to the genus Rosa, a member of the family Rosacea. Relatives include almonds, apples, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. The genus Rosa contains about two hundred species, with countless crosses that have produced thousands of cultivars, hybrids, and varieties.

Ancestors of the Modern Rose

The hybrid teas and other modern roses we grow today are the result of complex hybridization and interbreeding. The ancestors of our modern roses have a long history; some of them have graced gardens for thousands of years.

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