Roses need no introduction and have been known to man since the onset of civilization itself.

The pictures that follow are of hybrid roses from the Rose garden in the recreated Persian garden at Sunder Nursery , New Delhi.

Ancient Indian Scriptures dating to 2500 BC  refer to the flower Rose, ( English), Gulab ( Hindi) , Rosa ( Scientific Genus) centifolia ( there are many species in this Genus) .

The mixture of Yellow and Pink Roses gives rise to this cultivated hybrid called SEVENTEAR.

Ancient Indian scriptures have an apt and  wonderful name for the Rose “Satapari”  or an angel with a hundred wings.



Roses are cultivated worldwide for their fragrance and ornamental flowers.

The Ancient  Persians are supposed to have mastered the art of creating Attar or Perfume from Rose petals.

An Ancient Indian Scripture recognizes this fragrant nature  of Roses and names it  “Saumyagandha” .( meaning that with a pleasing aroma).

Even  Honeybees are attracted to the fragrant and sweet smelling Roses called Pristine.

the bee
Can you see the Pollen on the wings of The Indian Honeybee

The beautiful flower of the family Rosaceae have been attributed in Hindu mythology to the God of Love , “Kamadeva”.

The Rose is also favoured by the Gods and is referred to asSivapriya ” ( translated it means that which is dear to Lord Siva).

As per Hindu mythology the abode of Lord Siva is the Himalayan Peak of Mount Kailash..

Is it a coincidence then that over 15 species of  Wild Roses are native to the Himalayas.( they grow wild in the region) .

The gorgeous cultivated hybrid species below is called BROADWAY.
The colour red seems seems to have seeped into the  veins and stems of the plant as well.



Not only do Roses  smell good and look  Enchanting, they also have numerous medicinal properties which have been described at length in the CHARAKA SAMHITA . ( a medical treatise by Charaka,   follower of the Ancient Indian School of Medicine, AYURVEDA) .

I hope you enjoyed going back in time and discovering names and properties of this Magical flower which has captivated man since time Immemorial.

On this note I share with you the information that the name Rosa finds its origins in OLD PERSIAN.

Do think of the wonderful History of Roses when you gift your flowers next month on VALENTINES DAY.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

35 thoughts on “ROSES ARE RED”

  1. More fantastic shots! I can’t decide which is the most beautiful tho I adore that pic of Seventear. The pink streaking which ranges from Indian pink* to a delicate blush is as lovely as it is unique. The luminous yellow at the base of the petals makes the entire flower appear lit from within. What a delightful blossom!

    Broadway is also majestic. I love the way you were able to capture the velvety effect of the petals. The chromatic, luxurious spectrum of color that goes from vivid red, to Indian pink, to candy pink and then creamy white is so beautiful. Kudos to you for catching it on camera! What a show stopper!

    The word Satapari is so beautiful… if I had an elegant lady cat, I would name her Satapari… but right now I just have 2 male cats who are both goofballs.

    *In India, do you ever refer to a color as “Indian pink”? In the US it means a vivid, lively shade of rich pink– bight and happy.

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    1. What a superb description. So vivid and detailed.Thank you for the tribute to these majestic blooms.
      I did not choose to post any picture of the ALL RED ROSE. All have mixed colours as that is life. A bit of this and a bit of that.
      Yes Indian Pink is called GULAB. A shocking pink. I will post a blog dedicated to you and this colour.( do check at a later date)


  2. They are so beautiful… should be amazing smell of them… And also what I loved is ““Satapari” or an angel with a hundred wings.”… angel with a hundred wings… so beautiful. And yes, Himalayas hits me again:) Thank you dear Mukul, have a nice day, love, nia

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  3. Interesting! Roses are everywhere around us yet we always differentiate them with colour. I had no idea of the different names they have..and such beautiful ones! Please keep educating:)

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