Each year in countries around the world roses make their way into the homes and gardens of millions of people. Roses have adapted themselves to many different climates and have evolved to combat many diseases and pests. A remarkable plant, the rose has captured minds, hearts and imaginations for centuries. In most countries the rose is the most popular cut flower, often being given to loved ones, or placed in honor of someone at gravesides. In comparison to many other ornamental flowers, the rose is not only treasured for its beauty but for its fragrance and for the hips (which are edible). The history of mankind and the rose has long been intertwined and its popularity guarantees that this relationship will continue to be of mutual benefit for centuries yet to come.