Damask rose, fancily known to scientists as Rosa damascena, is of royal origin as it is believed to have arisen in Damascus (present-day Syria). Damask rose is the result of the cross-pollination of Rosa gallica and Rosa moschata. The beauty and fragrance of this hybrid are highly tempting, making it a perfect plant to add to your garden.
This deciduous shrub can attain the height of 6 feet at most with prickled stems and pinnate leaves. Its petals are arranged in a beautiful pearl, showcasing moderate pink shade. Its attractive appearance and delightful aroma give it a perfect profile to be an ornamental plant.
Apart from its long-sung beauty, rose petals of the damask rose are of extreme value in the medicinal world. From the garden to the kitchen and maiden’s room, the petals are utilized not just for its fragrance but for its remarkable pharmacologic properties, including antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-diarrhea, astringent, emmenagogue, antispasmodic, analgesic, and it even acts as an antidepressant.
Rose petals are heavy with citronellol, geraniol, nerol, phenyl ethyl alcohol, eugenol, and various other phytochemicals that impart it the principle activity and world-famous fragrance.