Rose

Rosa | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Rose: the ultimate symbol of love, just watch out for those thorns!

Rosa or rose is a genus that certainly doesn't need an introduction. Popular the world over, roses are prized for their beauty and are a symbol of love, especially on St Valentines Day. There are many species of rose, some grow as shrubs, others are climbers. They usually have sharp thorns and they have attractive flower heads, with velvety petals in a wide array of colours. Of course they are the ultimate cut flower and they're also grown for use in the perfume industry. Roses have featured widely in art and literature. Roses can be easy to grow but they do need pruning and they are often prone to pests.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • budding
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Varies
Heat zone
  • Varies
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
  • None
Creative category
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years