The Turkish Halfeti Black Rose

The initial research early this year for the Turkish

Halfeti Rose appeared to verify that Halfeti, Turkey was the only place in the world where these unusual roses prospered. The pitch-black rose appeals to women because of its rarity and also its association with darkness. It depends on whether you seek the dark side of the rose in its morbidity or the light side in its magic.

We are told these roses appear black to the naked eye, and are grown only in small quantities in the village of Halfeti, Turkey, which our hero, Radolf, Duke of Tremayne, visited on occasion. Water seeps in from the Euphrates River which has a unique pH level. On a first viewing, the rose is black unless one takes a magnifying glass to inspect it.

Black roses aren’t a natural variation that you can purchase from your local nursery; they’re much more elusive and EXPENSIVE than that.

Sometimes called Black roses, they are also known as the Turkish Halfeti Rose, Arab Bride or Arab Beauty, and bloom in small numbers.

This unique rose is extremely rare and strangely beautiful. It doesn’t bloom in petals of ebony immediately, however. The rose blossoms a dark red, but this scarlet shade fades to black as the summer progresses. While the Turkish Halfeti Rose is only grown in this very specific part of the world, its limited availability wasn’t immediately known until the residents of Halfeti were forced to relocate.

In the 1990s the Birecik Dam was built, and by the 2000s it was filled with water. The residents of Old Halveti have repositioned about 10 kilometers away in what became known as the “new” Halfeti. The residents took their rose plants with them and replanted them in their new village but quickly realized that something was wrong.

The roses failed to thrive in their new location. To prevent the extinction of this unique beauty, district officials collected seeds from the roses and planted them in greenhouses close to Old Halfeti. In doing so, they managed to save the striking rose. Or so it is said.

While only a short distance from their original home, the soil in Old Halfeti was fed by the waters of the Euphrates. Only in Halfeti does the rose bloom in its black hue; when planted elsewhere, the rose always blooms in deep red.

Unique, intriguing and only found in one part of the world, the Turkish Halfeti Rose is truly one of a kind!

The color black is in many cultures regarded as representing evil. In the Western world, many people wear black to funerals to show mourning.

Black is a color that absorbs light in any part of the visible spectrum. Black represents the aspect of Death. Black, night and other forms of darkness have associations with theft, crime, dangers, and evil. In western culture, black is the color of evil and represents demons. In Asia, black is usually the neutral color, much like gray is in the west, while elsewhere it can range in all portions of the moral spectrum. In Chinese opera, black is a heroic color.

To mourn the loss of a loved one, people in the Western society often wear black to a person's funeral. Black contrasts with several Asian cultures wearing white to funerals, or African cultures using red. Lavender is a color used for mourning a hated one.

Due to the dark color of fertile soils, black is often the color of life. Such as in Ancient Egypt and Japan, opposing white as the color of death. In modern day Africa, black frequently still symbolizes fertile rainy clouds.

In Asia, black is usually the neutral color, much like gray is in the west, while elsewhere it can range in all portions of the moral spectrum. In Chinese opera, black is a heroic color.

To complicate matters, some internet sources claim that the only thing close to a black rose is the very dark red roses referred to as Black Magic Roses or Bacarra Roses. They also claim there is no such thing as a real black rose that Mother Nature has produced and that the Halveti Rose of Turkey is a falsehood.

Please remember that roses can be tinted black to give a deep, dark, mysterious, sometimes enchanted appearance.

This author does not claim any validity to its cultivation and area of growth, other than to use a fertile imagination to embellish a romance story where part of the novel takes place in Turkey.

Sandra Masters Sandra's Author Page Wild Rose Press

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