A Rose is a flowering shrub of the genus Rosa, and the flower of this shrub. There are more than a hundred species of wild roses, all from the northern hemisphere and mostly from temperate regions. The species form a group of generally thorny shrubs or climbers, and sometimes trailing plants, reaching 25 m tall, rarely reaching as high as 20 m by climbing over other plants.
Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae, Division: Magnoliophyta, Class: Magnoliopsida, Order: Rosales, Family: Rosaceae, Subfamily: Rosoideae, Genus: Rosa L.

Symbolism Roses come in a variety of hues, each with a different symbolic meaning:
  • Red: love
  • Pink: grace, lesser feelings of love
  • Dark Pink: gratitude
  • Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
  • White: innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility.
  • Yellow: dying love or platonic love
  • Yellow with red tips: Friendship, falling in love
  • Orange: passion
  • Burgundy: beauty
  • Blue: mystery
  • Green: calm
  • Black: slavish devotion (as a true black rose was long considered impossible to produce)
  • Purple: protection (paternal/maternal love)
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