'R. blanda'

(Pronounced: ROW-sa BLAN-da

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Hudson Bay Rose' , 'Labrador Rose' , 'Meadow Rose' , Hudson Bay Rose , Smooth Rose , Meadow Rose , Labrador Rose , R. blanda , 'Smooth Rose'

 

'R. blanda'

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'R. blanda buds are smallish with sepals that extend slightly from the bud. As the bud opens, large maroon-pink petals are exposed.

 

'R. blanda'

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The flowers are unusually beautiful in the early spring

 

'R. blanda'

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The heps are light red and roundish to bottle shaped.

 
 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'R. blanda', also known as 'Hudson's Bay Rose', 'Labrador Rose', and 'Meadow Rose' is a once blooming species rose that is native to Canada and the northern United States. It is exceptionally hardy, and very well mannered.

The flowers are medium sized {2.0" - 2.5") and single, with moderate fragrance. The

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Cassiorhodon

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

Sp

 
SEED
PARENT:

 

POLLEN
PARENT:

 

BREEDER:

Unknown  

INTRODUCED:

Cultivated since 1773; Named by William Aiton.  

DATE:

1773 [ Canada ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    3 '     to    5 '           Width:    3 '     to    4 '



'R. blanda' forms an uprignt small bush 5' high and 4' wide.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is dark green, medium sized, ovate, and has medium serations.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

O - 'Rosa Blands' blooms only in the spring.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    2.00"      to      3.00"           Cluster Size:    2      to      4           Petal Count:    5 to 5          

The flowers are single and medium sized (2.0" - 2.5") and occur in small clusters in the spring.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

mp - Medium pink. The flower petals are lavender to pink, and surround a central cluster of stamens that have yellow to brownish anthers.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

mf - 'Rose Blanda' is moderately fragrant

 
HIPS:

R - 'Rosa Blanda has wonderful flask shaped red heps.

 
CLIMATE:

 

CULTURE:

"Rosa Blanda' is a very care-free rose with no known disease or cultural problems. It thrives in the cold climates of Hudson's Bay, and also in the heat of Texas summers.

 
PROPAGATION:

'R. blanda' is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Worth growing for ornamental value of hips
    ** Suitable for planting in woodlands settings
    ** Commercial Availability is limited

The canes are a beautiful mahogany-maroon color.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

The distribution area extends over a large area of eastern North America and Canada. Usually pink large single flowers, but can vary considerably. Grows to about 2 metres high and has attractive round red small fruit.

The English gardener-botanist William Aiton (one of the designers of the Kew Gardens) named this species rose.

This is as close as you can get to a 'thornless' rose, which may explain its name - 'blanda' is Latin for 'charming', 'gentle' or 'alluring'. This rose is noted "for its hardiness, thornlessness and very early flowering.

 
REFERENCES:

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, pp. 204-205.

Thomas, Graham Stuart. A Garden of Roses. Topsfield, MA: Salem House Publishers. 1987, pp. 38, 106.

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