|Confederate Rose photographed at 9:30am|
As for the Legend of the Plant, when the gentleman gave Dad his cutting it came with the following story:
The troops were told to turn at the fork in the road where the White Roses are growing. Only later in the afternoon there were no white roses left on the plant and the troops continued straight ahead ... into the line of fire
Although I have searched the internet and googled over and over for The Legend of the Confederate Rose, the above story has not been found. I love the originality of it and I will continue to tell that particular story. I did however, find the following story:
Once the Confederate Rose was pure white. During the Civil War, a soldier was fatally wounded in battle. He fell upon the rose as he lay dying. During the course of the two days he took to die, he bled more and more on the flower, till at last bloom was covered with his blood. When he died, the flower died with him. Thereafter, the Confederate Rose (or Cotton Rose), opens white, and over the course of the two days the bloom lasts, they turn gradually from white to pink to almost red, when the flower finally falls from the bush.