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Interesting Facts About the Rose

White and red rose

Roses are the most popular flower in the world. Nearly everyone loves this beautiful, magical, and, some would say, perfect bloom. Its long and rich history is intimately linked with humans, and the rose has been used to symbolize love, beauty, war, politics, and more.  Here are some cool and interesting facts about the beautiful and immaculate rose that you may not know.

pink rose in summer garden

  • While the most popular color of rose is red, they come in a wide array of colors, shapes, and sizes. here are over 150 different types of roses and thousands of cultivated hybrids s. Roses grow as climbers, groundcovers, and shrub-like plants, and they can be found on every continent.


  • Roses grow across the globe, but the countries that produce the largest amount of roses (billions each year!) are The Netherlands, Ecuador, Columbia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Due to ideal weather conditions, Ecuadorian roses are considered the best as the climate allows for them to grow vibrant, large varieties, including new and rare crossbreeds of blue roses.


  • Roses are one of the oldest flowers known, with fossils that date back 35 million years. Evidence suggests roses were being cultivated nearly 5000 years ago by Japanese, Chinese, and Greek civilizations. This makes roses the oldest flower to be cultivated specifically for ornamentation. Amazingly, the oldest living rose today is over 1,000 years old and can be found growing on the side of Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. 


  • Some roses are edible. Creative chefs, baristas, and bartenders use rose petals and rose extract for cocktails, teas, jellies, and as a flavoring in meals. A common ingredient made from roses is rose water, which comes from soaking rose petals in water. Roses found in a typical bouquet, however, are not to be consumed. Only roses specially made for human consumption should be ingested.


  • Each rose color has unique and interesting hidden symbolism. The classic red rose has the well-known symbolism of romance, beauty, and love. Bright fiery orange roses are associated with passion, excitement, and romance, while a softer peach shade represents sincerity and gratitude. White roses signify sympathy, which is why they are often seen at funerals, but they also represent innocence and purity, making them common at weddings as well. Pink roses are used for expressing admiration, elegance, and joy.


  • In 1986, Ronald Reagan declared the rose the national flower of the United States. Georgia, New York, Iowa, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C have a type of rose as their official state flower, as well.


  • The largest rose ever was grown by Nikita K. Rulhoksoffski, a Californian rose grower, and it was 33 inches in diameter with a 6-foot stem. This rose was five times larger than a typical large hybrid rose and was so big it couldn’t stand upright on its own and had to be displayed on the floor.

Closeup of rose bush flowers in summer garden during blossoming after rain

If you are now inspired to get your hands on some roses to create decorative floral centerpieces or bouquets, then check out our rose selection. Along with filler blooms, assorted flowers, and fresh greenery, Cascade Floral Wholesale has the best, high-quality, and long-lasting blooms around.

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Choose Your Rose Colors Carefully

Sending a present to commemorate a special birthday or anniversary is always a thrill. You hope they’ll love it, that they’ll feel your meaning and appreciate the effort you made. This is even more fun when you’ve chosen a gift that in some way symbolizes something special between you or has a deeper meaning. Beginning in Victorian times, flowers of certain colors were sent as gifts to communicate a particular message. Since roses come in such a variety of colors, these were a favorite choice for saying “I love you,” “I like you,” or communicating messages of purity, friendship, energy or mystery. These days, many of meanings behind rose colors have been lost or set aside. Here, the experts at Cascade Floral Wholesale present the true meanings of rose colors by showing the difference in meaning from similar-hued blooms. 

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June’s Flower: The Rose

Pink and Yellow Roses in a Vase

As one of the most symbolic flowers around, with a rich history of meaning and iconic showings, the Rose is a flower preferred by many. This month, we celebrate roses in all their glory, and for good reason! June is National Rose Month, a time for romance, weddings, summer evenings and bright sunny skies. June has arrived and along with it, roses in every form. The floral experts at Cascade Floral Wholesale celebrate the rose with you by offering some history and symbolism, as well as a few tips and ideas about sending roses this month. 

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3 Reasons Why Amnesia Roses and Garden Roses Will Be Everywhere This Year

Everyone loves roses and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. With sweet-smelling aromas, beautiful, stately petal designs, and classic meanings behind their colors, roses have been adored for centuries. These garden beauties have been praised in literature, art, and poetry for thousands of years, playing major roles in medicine, perfume, home decor, music, and fashion.

Before being introduced in the Western world, roses were cultivated in ancient Asia and throughout the Orient. Hardy enough to survive in a variety of conditions, species of these enduring blossoms have been mixed and matched to create new, modern varieties we have today. Of those modern varieties, Cascade Floral Wholesale is realizing two are making waves lately: the amnesia rose and the garden rose. Discover why these are becoming so popular and fall in love with your new favorite rose.

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Freshen Your Summer Garden With Blooming Plants

Summertime is a perfect opportunity to begin or grow a garden! Warmer weather and longer days lend themselves to being outdoors. So, planting new varieties in the garden or starting a garden from scratch are great excuses to get outside. Some seasoned gardeners may be looking for new and interesting additions to their gardens. On the other hand, those just starting a garden may need something that’s easy to care for and grows quickly. Cascade Floral Wholesale wants to make you ready for the endless possibilities gardens bring with gorgeous blooming plants. Since they’re easy to grow and quick to show beautiful flowers, these designs are often long lasting, easy to care for, and make lush, beautiful additions to a gardenscape.

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Spotlight on Summertime Brights

Cascade Floral Wholesale is excited to welcome summer, with its rich variety of colorful blooms, fresh greens, and festive displays. We know that summer brings a whole host of occasions that call for a floral bounty, from weddings to patriotic events to family reunions and more. In that spirit, we’re showcasing our best and brightest blooms from our summer combo, which gives you access to a world of warm-weather flowers perfect for any occasion.

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Garden Roses For The Fairest Of Weddings

Is there anything more romantic than a delicate, ruffled, delightfully fragranced garden rose? We here at Cascade Floral Wholesale think not. 

You could argue that any rose (every rose) is special, and yet, there’s something a little more rarefied and precious about the ones that belong to the category of “garden.” These beauties have been cultivated since the 14th century as ornamentals, and indeed today they are still lovingly designed by skilled horticulturists and growers. How are they different from the standard rose? They’re larger, with many petals (those ruffles) that create little “hearts” at their center. They are a little less polished then their classic counterparts, offering more of a free-form appeal. The cup of a garden rose is wider, the better to hold their very high petal count. 

We’re featuring garden roses because they’re beautiful and worthy of our attention, but also because they are the perfect addition to the bridal floral suite. Perhaps the rose itself should just do the talking:

Behold the Keira Garden Rose, a David Austin signature that practically radiates from a bridal bouquet. This rose’s opalescent appearance brings an ethereal quality to bouquets, wearables, centerpiece designs, or floral accents of any kind at a wedding or reception. If your color palette needs a flower that’s as rosy as the dawn, this is the flower for you. If you’re looking for a more neutral, layered-whites look, we would point you to the Moonstone Garden Rose.

We love the crisp contrast between Moonstone’s fluid creamy petals and the rich green. On their own, garden roses make a beautiful bouquet, but they also look gorgeous alongside equally romantic flowers. Blend them into a gathering that builds color, or keep it in one range only. Imagine bridesmaids bouquets composed solely of the Pink O’Hara Garden Rose, for instance.

Do you need anything else? Whether you call it bubblegum pink, ballet shoe pink, or the absolute perfect pink, the O’Hara’s petals go from outwardly pale to a vibrantly-colored center, giving you a custom look. With its enchanting scent and those enfolded hearts in the center, it doesn’t get more romantic than this flower.

Our garden rose selection is substantial, and we offer each type by 12, 60, and 120 bulk stems. If you’re putting together your spring or summer wedding florals, you’ll definitely want to consider giving this charming flower a starring role.