Rosa laevigata

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Rosa laevigata
Cherokee rose.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Rosales
Family:Rosaceae
Genus:Rosa
Species:R. laevigata
Binomial name
Rosa laevigata
Michx.
 
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"Cherokee Rose" redirects here. For the episode of The Walking Dead, see Cherokee Rose (The Walking Dead).
Rosa laevigata
Cherokee rose.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Rosales
Family:Rosaceae
Genus:Rosa
Species:R. laevigata
Binomial name
Rosa laevigata
Michx.

Rosa laevigata (Cherokee Rose) is a white, fragrant rose native to southern China and Taiwan south to Laos and Vietnam, and invasive in the United States.

Description[edit]

It is an evergreen climbing shrub, scrambling over other shrubs and small trees to heights of up to 5–10 metres (16–33 ft). The leaves are 3–10 centimetres (1.2–3.9 in) long, with usually three leaflets, sometimes five leaflets, bright glossy green and glabrous. The flowers are 6–10 centimetres (2.4–3.9 in) diameter, fragrant, with pure white petals and yellow stamens, and are followed by bright red and bristly hips 2–4 centimetres (0.79–1.57 in) diameter. The flower stem is also very bristly.

Cultivation[edit]

The species was introduced to the southeastern United States in about 1780, where it soon became naturalized, and where it gained its English name.

Cultural references[edit]

The flower is commonly associated with the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of Native Americans in the southeastern United States. Its petals represent the women's tears shed[1] during the period of great hardship and grief throughout US government-forced march from the Cherokees' home to U.S. forts, such as Gilmer. The flower has a gold center, symbolizing the gold taken from the Cherokee tribe.[2]

It is the state flower of Georgia.

The flower figures prominently in several episodes of AMC's television series The Walking Dead and there was an episode called Cherokee Rose in the show's second season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legend of the Cherokee Rose". Powersource.com. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  2. ^ "The Trail of Tears - Cherokee Indians forcibly removed from North Georgia". Ngeorgia.com. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2011-12-05.