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The Parts of a Rose Flower

By Fern Fischer ; Updated September 21, 2017
Rose bushes blooming

Roses are “perfect” flowers, meaning that each flower has complete male and female parts. A rose blossom produces male pollen, and it also contains the female parts so it can produce seeds after it is pollinated. Rose seeds are contained in the fruit, or “hip” that develops from a pollinated rose flower.

Sepals

Green sepals on opening rose buds

Sepals are the green, leaf-like covering that protects the rose bud before it blooms. The sepals are the first part of the bud to unfurl. They are modified leaves.

Petals

Rose petals

Rose petals are the colored parts that attract insect pollinators as well as humans. Petals are also modified leaves.

Stamen

Hair-like filaments with golden, pollen-laden anthers at the tips

The stamen is the male part of the rose flower. It consists of the filaments, anthers and pollen. The filaments are fiber-like structures that extend from the center of the rose. At the tip of each filament is an anther, which is the part that carries the dust-like pollen grains. When the rose first opens, the anthers are yellow with pollen. Once bees have done their work pollinating, the anthers lose most of the yellow color.

Pistil

Rose hips: fully developed pollinated ovaries

The pistil is the female part of the rose flower. It consists of the stigma, which is the sticky opening to the style, which is the tube that connects to the flower’s ovary. The sticky stigma collects pollen grains, which travel down the style to the ovary. The ovary contains ovules, or structures of egg cells. Once pollinated, the egg cells develop into seeds in the ovary, which develops into the rose hip.

 

About the Author

 

Fern Fischer's print and online work has appeared in publications such as Midwest Gardening, Dolls, Workbasket, Quilts for Today and Cooking Fresh. With a broader focus on organic gardening, health, rural lifestyle, home and family articles, she specializes in topics involving antique and modern quilting, sewing and needlework techniques.