When is a “rose” not a rose? When it belongs to a completely different family than roses. Roses (Rosa) are woody shrubs in the Rosaceae family. Most of us recognize a rose without even thinking about it.
So why do so many other flowers have “rose” in their name? Who knows. Maybe because of the romance and sentimentality associated with a true rose.
Even in a plastic pot on the north side of the house, it returned after a cold and long winter this year. Rose Moss can’t tolerate our heavy clay soil, so it needs a pot with good drainage.
They don’t usually start blooming here until August, when the heat has been around awhile. This picture is from last year. The temps, as well as the humidity, have hit high gear, so they might be blooming in a month or so.
Texas Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) is a member of the Mallow family. It is a small shrub that needs little moisture. Mine doesn’t get much bigger and rarely blooms, maybe because it’s in a bed that gets watered. It could also be that the amended soil in the lasagna bed is too good for it. Never thought I’d say that about anyplace in my yard.
What do all these plants have in common? They are drought tolerant, pretty, and thrive in the heat. Despite their names, they are not in the rose family. Even a stone is called a rose. If you use your imagination, a rose shape can be seen.
Desert Rose is a variety of gypsum that forms in the spaces between sand particles. It traps the loose sand in a unique flower-like crystal structure. They tend to be small. These are 1.5 inches across.
Rose rocks are found in Tunisia, Algeria, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and in central Oklahoma.
Oklahoma rose rock was formed during the Permian Period, 250 million years ago, when western and central Oklahoma’s shallow sea coverage was receding. It is the official rock of Oklahoma. Didn’t even realize that states had designated rocks.
“I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.” Eleanor Roosevelt