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, some rose hips (the seed pods of roses) and rose petals are edible. Only roses grown without insecticides or fungicides can be eaten.
If spent flowers are
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 but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named Arts and Industries Building (within shouting distance of this marker); A Common Language 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 Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.