One story relates that the Confederate rose was in bloom during a particularly bloody battle of the Civil War.
A slain soldier fell beside a Confederate rose, and his blood spilled into the ground at the base of shrub.
The flowers, which had started out white in the morning, absorbed the slain soldier's blood throughout the day, so that by evening they had turned a deep, rosy red.
Words by Marie Harrison.
It's a beautiful flower. I watched it all day. I can't wait for the next ones.
It's 77 degrees. I'm about to go get dirty. It rained most of the night.