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Rosa gallica 'Versicolor' (G) AGM

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© RHS 1983

Characteristics

Plant type

Rose or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

rosa mundi

Family

Rosaceae


Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits

Gallica roses are compact, prickly shrubs with dull green foliage and generally fragrant, single to double flowers in small clusters in mid-summer

'Versicolor' is a small shrub of bushy, compact habit, with dull greyish-green leaves and profuse, highly fragrant, semi-double flowers, blush-pink striped and spotted with crimson, to 7cm in width in early summer. Small oval hips in autumn

Other common names

  • French rose

Synonym(s)

  • Rosa mundi
  • Rosa mundi 'Versicolor'
  • Rosa versicolor
  • Rosa 'Rosa Mundi'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Rosa mundi of antiquity. Grow in full sun with fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring. Tolerant of poor soil and shade. Suitable for hedging and growing in containers

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn or by budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Coastal, Cut Flowers, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 23 (roses)

Pests

Aphids, leafhoppers, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars and rose leaf-rolling sawfly may be a problem. Rabbits and deer can cause damage

Diseases

May be subject to black spot, rose rust, powdery mildews and a downy mildew