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Your Valentine's Day Roses Probably Came From Kenya

Flowers are a big business, key export for the nation

(Newser) - This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. "I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine's Day," Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya, tells the AP . "We do not really do this here in Kenya.... More »

Roses May Soon Smell Much Sweeter

Gene could be reactivated to give scentless roses a sweet smell

(Newser) - Breeding over hundreds of generations has helped roses look better and live longer, but at the expense of their sweet-smelling scent, reports the AP . After all, those buying bouquets don't really care about a flower's ability to attract pollinators. A new study in the journal Science , however, may... More »

Roses Are Red ... and Now Kind of Blue

Genetically modified blue rose coming to US

(Newser) - OK, it's not exactly the bluest of blues, but a Japanese company plans to put what it hails as the world's first blue rose on sale in the US in early November. The flower is genetically modified, necessary in this case because roses lack the ability to synthesize... More »

Unexpected People With Roses Named After Them

Dolly Parton, say hello to George Burns and Abe Lincoln

(Newser) - Valentine's Day makes people think of roses. And when you think of roses, you think of ... George Burns, naturally. Maybe not, but the late comedian does have a variety of rose named after him. Mental Floss tracks down nine—actually, eight—more celebrities who've lent their names to the flower:... More »

Poe's Mystery Birthday Visitor a No-Show

Cognac and rose-leaving 'toaster' doesn't arrive for first time since 1949

(Newser) - On every one of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthdays since 1949, a mysterious visitor has arrived at his grave in Baltimore in the wee hours and left roses and a bottle of cognac—but no more. The unidentified admirer failed to turn up today. “There was no indication he... More »

Iranian Owes Wife 124K Roses

'Stingy' husband needs to make good on dowry

(Newser) - There is something worse than forgetting Valentine's Day—being a tightfisted husband. An Iranian court has ordered a man to immediately send his wife 124,000 roses or risk imprisonment, the BBC reports. The roses were promised to his wife as part of her dowry, which she can legally claim... More »

Kenya's Quiet Casualty: Flowers

Violence threatens nation's 3rd-largest industry

(Newser) - The violence in Kenya has come at the worst possible time for an industry quietly flourishing in the warmth of the nation's long, sunny days—flowers. Kenya supplies 25% of Europe's cut flowers, making it the third-largest industry behind tourism and tea, the Economist reports. Roses are the main crop,... More »

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