Flower Spotlight: Roses

Roses are one of the oldest flowers, dating back to 35 million years ago. With over 150 different species, roses make for a beautiful addition to any bouquet! Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts!


Roses were first recorded in 3000 B.C. in what is now Iraq. They were first cultivated 5,000 years ago and were brought to North America in the 16th century by colonists. Roses were grown extensively in the Middle East during the Roman period and have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics throughout history. In Europe and America, rose is synonymous with Valentine’s Day, a floral symbol of love and passion. They are cultivated from South America to Africa, from Eastern Europe to the Far East. In many countries roses are strongly connected to special events, ceremonies, and symbolic events. 


Roses were used for confetti at celebrations, medical purposes, and perfume during the Roman period.

They are edible and rose water is often added to jellies or jams or used as a flavoring in Indian and Chinese dishes.

Rose can also grow into a fruit, called a Rose Hip. It’s shaped like a berry and is often red, but can be found in black and dark purple.


They have symbolized many things over time, with love and beauty being the most common association. Each color represents something different, though, making roses great for many occasions. White rose symbolises purity, innocence, and youthfulness, while ivory roses represent charm, thoughtfulness, and gracefulness. Yellow rose symbolises friendship, joy, and caring, while peach rose represents modesty, genuineness, sincerity, and gratitude. Classy and timeless, rose makes for a stunning standalone flower or a perfect addition to any bouquet.

Be sure to ask your Barefoot Florist to use roses the next time you send flowers! They are also commonly used in Flower Design School classes and courses!