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"There are over a hundred species in the genus Rosa. Wizards and Muggles alike have been breeding garden roses for thousands of years."
— Zygmunt Budge, Book of Potions[src]

The rose is the common name of a flowering shrub in the genus Rosa, of which over a hundred different species exist. The flowers come in a variety of different colours. The rose is considered a symbol of romance in many countries.[6]

Various parts of the plant were used as potion ingredients. Their petals were used in Zygmunt Budge's variation of the Beautification Potion, perfumes, and some varieties of Love Potion. Rose thorns could also be used in the latter, though, in the opinion of Zygmunt Budge, Love Potions made with the thorns tended to be more short-lasting and unstable.[6]

The charm Rose Growth caused roses to spontaneously grow.[2] The Herbivicus Charm could also be used to rapidly accelerate the growth of roses.[7][1]


Wizards and Muggles alike had been using roses as garden plants for thousands of years prior to the 15th century.[6]

Around Valentine's Day in 1989, to celebrate the holiday, classes in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry provided subject-related lessons, Professor Pomona Sprout taught fifth years how to magically grow red roses with the Herbivicus Charm in Herbology.[1]

When Tom Riddle visited Hepzibah Smith on behalf of Borgin and Burkes, he conjured a bouquet of roses to present to her, a successful attempt of flattery on his part. This was apparently common at their meetings, as Hepzibah had already prepared a vase to hold the roses.[8]

The Dursley family grew roses in their garden. On 31 July 1992, Harry Potter was forced to prune and water these roses, along with other menial household chores by Petunia Dursley, as punishment for scaring Dudley with the nonsense incantations jiggery pokery, Hocus Pocus and squiggly wiggly.[3]

The Weasleys also grew roses in their garden. During a dinner at the Burrow the night before the Quidditch World Cup final in 1994, Crookshanks chased a group of gnomes through the Weasley's rosebushes as his owner and the Weasley family finished their meal.[4]

For the December 1994 Yule Ball, rosebushes were conjured for decoration in an area of the Hogwarts grounds along with statues of Father Christmas and his reindeer, which were all illuminated by living fairies. As the ball began to wind down, several students, including Stebbins, S. Fawcett, Fleur Delacour, and Roger Davies, used these bushes as cover for intimacy. Severus Snape tasked himself with blasting apart bushes he felt suspicious, taking ten house points from those students he caught.[9]

Both Bill and Charlie Weasley wore white roses as boutonnières to the former's wedding.[10]

Roses were used as symbolism for pure-bloods on the images accompanying the propaganda packet Mudbloods and the Dangers They Pose to a Peaceful Pure-Blood Society, with Mudbloods being represented as weeds strangling the roses.[11]

As a sign of respect, Hermione conjured a wreath of roses to place on the grave of Harry's parents located in the cemetery at Godric's Hollow when she visited it with Harry on Christmas of 1997.[12] Later that night, after escaping from an ambush at Bathilda Bagshot's house, Harry dreamt of Nagini winding through various objects, including Hermione's wreath of roses.[13]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Side Quest "Valentine's Day"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter Trading Card Game
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 1 (The Worst Birthday)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 5 (Weasley's Wizard Wheezes)
  5. Pottermore
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Wonderbook: Book of Potions Chapter 3 (Beautification Potion)
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 20 (Lord Voldemort's Request)
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow)
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 19 (The Silver Doe)
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Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Greenhouses One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
Professors Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom · Unnamed Professor (19th century)
Textbooks Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Ingredient Encyclopedia · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants
Plants studied and grown at Hogwarts
Aconite · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Cowbane · Devil's Snare · Dirigible plum · Dittany · Fanged Geranium · Fat cactus-like plant · Fire Seed Bush · Flitterbloom · Flutterby bush · Fluxweed · Gillyweed · Ginger · Honking daffodil · Ivy · Knotgrass · Lavender · Leaping Toadstool · Mandrake · Mimbulus mimbletonia · Mistletoe · Moly · Nettle · Puffapod · Raspberry · Rose · Sage · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Sneezewort · Sopophorous plant · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Sugar Shrub · Toad-eating plant · Tormentil · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Vampiric vegetation · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wax vegetables · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice · Wormwood
Spells taught in Herbology at Hogwarts
Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Herbivicus Charm (Herbivicus) · Incendio Duo Spell (Incendio Duo) · Lumos Solem Spell (Lumos Solem) · Severing Charm (Diffindo)