Rose flowers have long been one of history’s most famous blooms, so it’s not surprising that the majority of Americans consider it their favorite flower. In fact, the rose is the official National Floral emblem of the United States, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on October 7, 1986.

The president’s proclamation gave a few reasons why the rose was chosen. “The study of fossils reveals that the rose has existed in America for age upon age,” it said. “We have always cultivated roses in our gardens. We find roses throughout our art, music, and literature. We decorate our celebrations and parades with roses. Most of all, we present roses to those we love, and we lavish them on our altars, our civil shrines, and the final resting places of our honored dead.”

Despite what you may think, there are different kinds of roses, and they’re not just distinguishable by color. Although red, white, pink, orange and yellow roses run the gamut, there are also specific types. Here are a few of the most common.

Hybrid Tea Rose
This rose flower is what most people think of when envisioning roses, with one bloom on each stem. They’re also called modern roses, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society.

Often considered the most colorful type of rose, Floribundas were developed in the early 20th century and are quite versatile when used in landscaping. According to All-America Rose Selections (AARS), the large, bushy shrubs bloom freely in clusters of 3 to 15 blossoms.

Crosses between Hybrid Tea Roses and Floribundas, these blossoms can bloom with one flower on each stem or in small clusters. They also bloom repeatedly during the season, according to AARS.

petite roses

Miniature roses, also known as petite roses, are just what the name implies. They have a smaller bush as well as smaller foliage, petals and stems. The flowers are hardy and bloom continuously, making them the perfect blooms for containers.

These roses can grow to astonishing heights, often making their way up the sides of fences, buildings, arches and trellises. They make a wonderful addition to gardens and come in many sizes and colors to accommodate all tastes.

No matter what rose types you decide on, there’s no doubt that these iconic flowers will bring plenty of fragrance and beauty to your home or garden.