Incense Rose

Rosa primula | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The Incense Rose does smell of incence, but without having to set fire to it.

Perhaps it is because Rosa primula produces foliage as aromatically pleasing as its flowers that it is commonly known as the Incense Rose. Whatever the reason, this wild rose shrub can fill a garden with warm, attractive scents, especially in summer. The Incense Rose is ideal for covering large walls and other dull or unsightly structures, with its dark green pinnate foliage boasting 15 oval leaflets on each stem. Its summer blossoms appear in primrose yellow, creating an alluring sight when in full bloom. The Incense Rose thrives in moist, well-drained soil in full sun, but should be sheltered from wind and frost. Pruning may be necessary to control growth.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.2 - 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 1.2 - 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • budding
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Branching
  • Dense
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 30 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Neighbour repellant
  • Roses & classics
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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