The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An Apple is a Rose
Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden
In the early 1900s, botanists reclassified the Spirea, Plum, and Apple families as subfamilies within the Rose family. This new categorization was embodied in Robert Frost's poem from 1927:
The Rose Family
by Robert Frost
The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple's a rose,
And the pear is, and so's
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only knows
what will next prove a rose.
you, of course, are a rose—
But were always a rose.
In the past, botanists classified plants using plant morphology or the study of appearances and visual characteristics, such as how many leaves or petals a plant has. Today, botanists also use DNA to identify plant relationships. This has and surely will lead to more reclassifications.
The Rose family is called Rosaceae. It includes several important crops such as:
Are roses edible?
Wile not as delicious as pears or cherries,
If spent flowers are left on a rose bush at the end of the growing season, rose hips will develop. These vary in size and flavor and must be processed to remove seeds and fine hairs. Rose hips are an excellent source of vitamin C and are often used to make herbal tea, jam, and jelly. They also provide food for birds.
Location. 38° 53.332′ N, 77° 1.493′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Drive Southwest 0.1 miles west of 7th Street SW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20560, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pluto (within shouting distance of this marker); The Modern Rose (within shouting distance of this marker); Carousel on the Mall, Washington, D.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); Voyage (within shouting distance of this marker); Arts and Industries Building (was within shouting distance of this marker Arts and Industries Building (within shouting distance of this marker); A Common Language (within shouting distance of this marker); Before the National Air and Space Museum opened... (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.