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gallica officinalis - Species Shrub Rose

Rosa gallica officinalis

Species Shrub. Bred by Nature in Europe in Antiquity.
Rose Photo
Use:
 
Border, Ground Cover
Color:
 
Rose
Form:
 
Semi-Double
Fragrance:
 
Slight
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 11
Height & Width:
 
3 ft x 5 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Its deep pink roses define the color we call 'rose." The flowers are single and fragrant, opening to reveal an attractive boss of stamens. The hips of gallica officinalis rose have been used for many centuries as a medicinal; but it was not until the middle of the twentieth century that it was understood that much of its curative power lay in its high vitamin C content. The plant is thick with canes and well foliated, the bright green foliage sets off the rose colored flowers perfectly. The plant has good resistance to fungal disease. It would probably look best incorporated into a border or at the edge of a woodland.

BTW: There is a sport, sometimes known as versicolor or rosamundi that bears striped flowers. The two roses would look good planted near each other.