What else could top this list but a rose?
Roses have been admired for centuries, and as any lovesick fool at a flower shop will tell you, their reputation as the prettiest flower isn't going to be challenged anytime soon. Roses have stood as symbols of love, friendship, fidelity, death and war, and while they're most known as representations of romantic love, they still convey those other messages (except for war).
A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but we're glad this beautiful, ever-popular bloom can multitask as well as it does. Otherwise, we'd have no idea what to give our loved ones.
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