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Re: FW: The Green Rose

I have friends who grow this rose. It is very cool although its bloom is pretty subtle. I have never heard of it requiring any special care. Antique Rose Emporium carries it and could probably answer more of your questions than I can.
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Subject: [CHAT] FW: The Green Rose

Has anyone grown this rose below? My friend and I just ordered some to
try. Any advice would be appreciated. Do you treat it as a regular rose?
I think it's very interesting.

Andrea H
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EmailRosa chinensis viridiflora, a chance mutation discovered before 1856, exact origin unknown.
This has to be one of the most unusual little roses in existance!
Supposedly in cultivation since1743, according to Roy E. Sheppard* It
was introduced into popular culture in 1856 by a British firm, Bembridge
and Harrison. The strange blooms are made up entirely of sepals rather
than petals. It seems it forgot to make petals, and so made the bloom up
of more sepals!

As mentioned above, this rose is thought to be a sport from the original
China rose, Slater's Crimson China. This may be pure speculation, but
they share a common growth habit. It is a twiggy shrub that branches
freely, forming a small, tidy bush of about 3 feet in height. It is not
hardy in very cold climates, and is known to die back to the ground most
years in zones 5 and 6. Foliage is a bright clear green with a hint of
red in young leaves, and quite disease free. This is an unusual rose
that will appeal to collectors of novelties.

You can buy R. chinensis viridiflora from The Uncommon Rose.
*History of The Rose by Roy E. Sheppard, 1954
ARS merit rating: 7.8
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 2.5 to 3.5 feet tall X 3 feet wide
Fragrance: 1.0, The "petals" smell of pepper when rubbed.
Eughne de BeauharnaisMutabilis
the Green RoseOld Blush
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Irene WattsReversion Sport of Green Rose
Martha GonzalesSlaters Crimson China

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