There’s more to roses than just being blooming beauties. They are symbols of appreciation and affection, used as decor and for design, are the emblem of love, and have inspired some of the most talented artists and designers to produce their most beautiful creations. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, these perennials are rich in history and are brimming with fascinating details that every rose lover should know. Here are our 10 favorite facts about the flower of love.

1. “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” – Emma Goldman

Roses are by far the most popular and loved flower in the United States.

 

2. “No rose without a thorn.” – French Proverb

Technically speaking, roses have “prickles,” not thorns. According to botanists, prickles attach to the surface of a plant and can easily be removed, whereas a thorn’s root system goes much deeper in a plant’s stems.

 

3. “One rose is enough for the dawn.” – Edmond Jabes

New York has chosen the rose as their official flower, along with Georgia, Iowa, and North Dakota. And since 1986, it has been the United State’s national flower.

 

4. “The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms because She blooms.” – Angelus Silesius

One of the oldest fossils of roses discovered in Colorado dates back from 35 million years ago.

 

5. “There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Roses are the oldest species of plants to be grown and used as decoration. Ancient Romans cultivated these flowers to embellish buildings and decor and made rose petal carpets.

 

6. “Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany has a wall of living roses that are believed to be over 1,000 years old.

 

7. “I am a garden of a single rose blossoming in infinite ways.” – unknown

Every year, nearly 100 million roses are grown for Valentine’s Day.

 

8. “Stop and smell the roses.” – Ringo Star

There are over 4000 songs dedicated to roses.

 

9. “It will never rain roses when we want to have more roses. We must plant more roses.” – George Eliot

There are over 100 species of roses that range broadly in color, shape, and climate preference. The most common rose is the tea rose.

 

10. “See the world through rose-colored glasses.” – unknown

The tallest rose to date is located in Morristown, New Jersey and is recorded at an astounding 18 feet 7 inches.