This stamp design is a reprint of a 29-cent stamp issued in 1993. The changes from the original version are the booklet format, die cut, denomination, and color. Roses have been featured in art, literature, music, and religion since early times. Garden roses have been cultivated as early as 4000 B.C. in Egypt. Most roses cultivated today are hybrids of early species. Hundreds of varieties have been developed by selection and hybridization of Old World species. The most popular group consists of the hybrid tea roses, which have a wide color range, unique fragrance, and continuous bloom throughout the growing season. Other commonly grown groups are the floribunda, with numerous petals; polyanthas, with large clusters of flowers; miniatures, with the entire plant no more than twelve inches high; and rambling, or climbing, roses.