Rosa spp., Roses

Rosa spp. "A rose, is a rose, is a rose" a famous line of Shakespeare that speaks to the universal recognition and beauty of roses. In addition to horticultural uses for cut flowers, many roses have served as medicinal and aromatic plants such a Rosa gallica, the petals of which are used medicinally, Rosa centifolia for its flower buds, Rosa damascena, the petals of which produce oil of rose or attar of rose, and the fruit of Rosa canina and Rosa rugosa are sources of rosehips, to name a few. Or like the various roses pictured here, enjoyed simply for their generic and timeless beauty.

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