Friday, October 15, 2010

Rosa Glauca

I spotted this rose years ago growing in another member's garden of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon. It is a very popular variety among the club, mostly grown for the rose hips in the fall. They look like big red could even use them in a wonderful Autumn display in your home. This plant will also seed freely, I have lots of little ones coming up in the back garden under the cherry tree. I planted it in the shade so it would maintain the blueish-green leaves. Star shaped flowers are mauve-pink on the outside with a whitish center, fragrant, but very small, not very showy. In winter, the reddish-violet canes of this rose add lots of winter interest.

A species native to the mountains of central and southern Europe, from Spanish Pyrenees east to Bulgaria, and north to Germany and Poland. It is a plant that is shade-tolerant, resistant to black spot, mildew, and rust. Can be grown as a shrub or let it climb to a height of 20 feet.

USDA hardiness zone 2 to zone 9