or Redleaf Rose
; syn. R. rubrifolia
) is a species of rose
native to the mountains of central and southern Europe
, from Spanish Pyrenees
east to Bulgaria
, and north to Germany
is a deciduous
of sparsely bristled and thorny cinnamon-coloured arching canes 1.5–3 m tall. The most distinctive feature is its leaves
, which are glaucous blue-green to coppery or purplish, and covered with a waxy bloom; they are 5–10 cm long and have 5–9 leaflets. The fragile, clear pink flowers
are 2.5–4 cm diameter, and are produced in clusters of two to five. The fruit
is a dark red globose hip
10–15 mm diameter.
Cultivation and uses
This rose was not widely grown in gardens
until the end of the 19th century, when its refined wildness and beauty out of the flowering season first began to be appreciated. The flower petals fall off easily in the spray from watering hoses, as well as from wind and rain. The species is naturalised
in northern Europe north of its native range, particularly in Scandinavia
with Rosa rugosa
has been given the cultivar
- Blamey, M. & Grey-Wilson, C. (1989). Flora of Britain and Northern Europe. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-40170-2.
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