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
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.
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.
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.
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.