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A 5-petal wild rose
During the Middle Ages, roses were highly valued. The genera ‘Rosa gallica officinalis’ and ‘Rosa xcentifolia’ were cultivated to make cosmetics or remedies, and during religious festivals and Corpus Christi processions, young girls throw rose and daisy petals. In the wild, the genus ‘Rosa’ comprises of nearly 200 wild species that are endemic to the Northern hemisphere. These wild roses have simple flowers almost always with 5 petals, like this old rose (Rosa setigera) pictured in Colleville-sur-Mer.
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