A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds. Most species are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. Species, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 7 meters in height. Different species hybridize easily, and this has been used in the development of the wide range of garden roses.
The name rose comes from French, itself from Latin rosa, which was perhaps borrowed from Oscan, from Greek ρόδον rhodon (Aeolic βρόδον wrodon), related to Old Persian wrd-, Avestan varəda, Sogdian ward, Parthian wâr, Armenian vard.
Famous quotes containing the word rose:
“I did not pray Him to lay bare
The mystery to me,
Enough the rose was Heaven to smell,
And His own face to see.”
—Ralph Hodgson (c. 18711962)
Who was loves teacher teach you too loves cure;
Let the same hand that wounded bring the balm.
Healing and poisonous herbs the same soil bears,
And rose and nettle oft grow side by side.”
—Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
“I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when nights decay
Ushers in a drearier day.”
—Emily Brontë (18181848)