The Perfoliated Rose
The phenomenon of flower perfoliation is now called proliferation. It is a deformity, whereby the stem continues to grow through the open flower, usually centrally but occasionally to one side.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was the first to endeavour to understand the various ways in which plants adapt their structure to their surroundings. In 1796 he coined the phrase “morphology”, which is still used today in the same sense. He focused his attention primarily on the form of the plant parts and the changes they underwent. For Goethe’s theory concerning the metamorphosis of plants, perfoliation was an especially important piece of evidence. In his 1790 book, Metamorphosis of Plant, he devoted a whole chapter to the perfoliated rose.
(Extracted from The Roses by Pierre –Joseph Redoute published by Taschen)
This rose painted (below) is not a perfoliated rose but rather a withering rose that has metamorphosed via perception.
What attracted Jase Lim to roses are their history and enormous range of colours, even naturally grown purple colour. Hybridization (cross-breeding of different species of varieties of roses to produce new hybrids) has made roses of various colours available.
Roses belong to Rosaceae family, similar to apples, cherries, strawberries, peaches and plums. They are one of the oldest flowers known to man and have played different roles in history culture in many parts of the world associated with love, beauty and even war.
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature – Gerard De Nerval