Plant of the Week: The Rose

Celebrated for centuries for its beauty and scent, and with over one hundred different species, its no wonder we're choosing to celebrate the Rose!
Known for their lovely scent, rose petals can be used for perfume, potpourri and in some teas or tisanes.  Although they may serve other uses, roses are mainly cultivated for aesthetic pleasure, and are often a staple in any garden.
Surprisingly enough, most species of roses are native to Asia.
The Rosa genus is divided into 4 species,
1. Hulthemia which is Greek for "with single leaves"
2. Hesperrhodos Greek for "western rose"
3. Platyrhodon Greek for "flaky rose"
4. Rosa- which contains all other types of roses.
Many of the types we see are hybrid species, bred specifically for their visual appeal. With so many beautiful variations, I wonder which species are currently living in the White House rose garden?
View the gallery above for rose growing tips!
To see our picks for previous plants of the week, take a look at Plant of the Week: Orchid, and Plant of the Week: Cotton
Photo Credit: flickr/Tiegeltuff

Tags: Green Friendly, Rose, Plant of the Week

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