Information On Wild Roses

information on wild roses

Types Of Wild Roses

Information on wild roses, the different types of wild roses and wild roses scientific names, are of interest to anyone who is interested in the origins of garden roses.

There is even a famous song titled, 'Where the wild roses grow,' written by Australian singer-song writer Nick Cave in 1996.

The true species roses known as wild roses are botanically classified into sub-groups.

Here are the different groups of wild rose types and the scientific names of wild roses, the wild rose flower and pictures of wild roses.

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Rosa Rubiginosa, a wild rose

Different Types Of Wild Roses

Hesperhodes: Wild roses native to Southwestern USA. Repeat flowering with hips that look like gooseberries.

Platyrhodon: Of chinese origin. This wild rose group contains R. roxburghii, commonly known as the 'Chestnut Rose', because the hips resemble chestnuts.

Banksianae: A group of six wild roses, all climbers from China. The most popular is R.banksiae lutea, a yellow almost thornless rose. It's one of the earliest roses to flower.

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Dog Rose

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Laevigatae: A group of five wild rose species from China. One of them has become naturalized in southern USA.

Bracteatae: A small group of three wild rose varieties. The most famous is 'Mermaid' rose, an almost evergreen, very vigorous climber with large repeat flowering, bright yellow flowers. R.bracteata, (mermaid) is native to China and has been naturalized in mild climate areas of the USA.

Pimpinellifoliae: A group of eighteen wild rose species. Many of these are garden varieties. The most popular is the brilliant yellow 'Canary Bird', which originated in China.

Gallicanae: The backbone of the European Old Garden Roses. This wild rose group is of historical importance. The Centifolias, Moss Roses, Damask Roses and Gallica Roses all belong to this group.

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Rosa rugosa

Caninae: Another European wild rose group. It's not a rose related to the later cultivated roses.

Carolinae: Exclusive to North America, R.vinginiana is the most famous wild rose, and one of the prettiest shrubs in the garden today.

Cinnamomea: (Cassiorhodon) is a large group that includes many diverse species, such as R.moyesii and R.rugosa. Their principal contribution to garden roses cames from the diversity of shape and the quality of the hips.

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Rosa gallica 'Complicata'

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Synstylae: This group was involved in the development of cluster-flowered roses and rambler roses.

Chinenses:A wild rose group exclusive to China, and was the primary source of repeat-flowering in Modern Garden Roses. They have also contributed to the classical flower form, which is popular today.

Acknowledgement: The Encyclopedia of Roses, Introduced by Peter Harkness.


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