'Green Rose'

(Pronounced: GREE-n Rose)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Green Rose' , R. chinenensis virdaflora , R. virdaflora

'Green Rose'

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The 'Green Rose' is a very unusual plant. Its flowers have abundant sepals but no petals, giving the appearance of totally green flowers.

It is almost always in bloom, but the blooms may be easily overlooked because they look so much like foliage. The 'Green Rose' is a wonderful curiosity specimen and its blooms add interest to flower arrangements.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

The 'Green Rose' is a curiosity and conversation piece that belongs in every garden. It is almost always in bloom, but the blooms may not be noticeable because they are green just like the foliage, consisting entirely of sepals rather than petals.

The parentage of the 'Green Rose' is unknown. It is one of the original China varieties. Some think it was undoubtably a sport of Old Blush.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensi

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

Ch

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Unknown  

INTRODUCED:

The 'Green Rose' was introduced into England in 1833.  

DATE:

Before 1845 [ England ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    3 '     to    4 '           Width:    1 '     to    2 '



The 'Green Rose' forms a small, twiggy bush, 3' - 4' in height.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is medium green, glossy, and pointed, as is typical of China roses.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. The 'Green Rose' is almost continually in bloom from spring to autumn.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    1.00"      to      1.50"           Cluster Size:    5      to      7           Petal Count:    0 to 0          

In the bloom of the 'Green Rose', the petals are entirely missing, being replaced with many pointed and serrated green sepals. The effect is that of a small 2-1/2" 'Green Rose' with sharply pointed "petals."

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

g - Green. The blooms of the 'Green Rose' are a clear green with some bronze and russet tones as the blooms mature.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

sf - Slightly Fragrant. The fragrance of the 'Green Rose' is very faint to non-existent. Some report its fragrance to be spicy with the slightest suggestion of pepper.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 6 - 9  

CULTURE:

The 'Green Rose' is disease resistant and hardy, but may respond by refusing to bloom if heavily pruned. It prefers full sun, but tolerates poor soils and some shade. Remove dead wood as required and trim it to shape annually.

 
PROPAGATION:

The 'Green Rose' is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Suitable for growing in pots
    ** Availability is limited

The 'Green Rose' is useful in flower arrangements and dries nicely. It holds it "petals" well and does not droop.

The 'Green Rose' is suitable for growing in pots.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

The 'Green Rose' was a strange and novel rose that was much in favor in the late 19th and early 20th century. We often hear visitors to the garden comment that their grandmother or great-grandmother had one.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 226.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 201.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 17.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 362.

Druitt, Liz. The Organic Rose Garden. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company. 1996, pp. 29, 95, 137.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, pp. 121, 137.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, p. 208.