'Rosa humilis var. lucida Best' rose References
Rosa virginiana. Virginia Rose.
Zones: 3-8; sun, part sun
Soil: Moist to dry
Native to: Woodland gaps and margins, thickets, dunes, roadsides, and fencerows; Newfoundland south along the coast through New England to Pennsylvania and Virginia and occasionally inland to Missouri
Size: Height 2-4 (6) feet, width 3-6 feet
Color: Light medium pink; blooms in early to midsummer
Probably the most common wild rose along much of the East Coast, Virginia rose is a disease-resistant, drought-tolerant colonizing plant with shiny, leathery leaves that turn deep red or maroon to match the young canes before they fall. Flowers are borne singly or in pairs on short axillary branches on the older canes, and these are followed by brilliant scarlet fruits that remain reasonably plump and visually effective for most of the winter. In a garden situation, R. virginiana will increase its diameter by 6 to 12 inches each year, becoming a mounded patch of stiff, upright canes set with stout, infrastipular thorns but no bristly spines. Flowers come in a flush in early summer, then sporadically a few at a time over the next 6 to 8 weeks.
Article (magazine) (2001) Page(s) 393.
R. virginiana Mill. Ploidy 4x
Pollen fertility 98.5%
Selfed Fruit set 90%
Selfed Seed set 7.9%
Book (2000) Page(s) 60. Includes photo(s).
Rosa virginiana / ‘Rosier de Virginie’ / Rosa lucida/ ‘Virginia Rose’ = Botanique – rose moyen. Description… Tout amateur se doit de cultiver ce rosier plein de charme; il constitue d’excellentes haies. Amérique du Nord, avant 1807. RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Book (Nov 1998) Page(s) 11.
R. virginiana Height: 5 ft. Flowers: single, pink, fragrant. Hips: orange, round...
Book (May 1998) Page(s) 26-27. Includes photo(s).
Rosa lucida ('Glossy Rose') Description... Flowers clear pink... Rosa lucida is native to North America...
Book (1997) Page(s) 1. Includes photo(s).
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 39. Includes photo(s).
Book (1993) Page(s) 66. Includes photo(s).
[Listed under "Wild Roses and Their Cultivars"] (Rosa virginiana syn. Rosa lucida) Description. Common in north-eastern North America.
Book (May 1992) Page(s) 5. Includes photo(s).
Book (Aug 1990) Page(s) 12.
Rosa virginiana... ranges over a large part of eastern North America. The British herbalist John Parkinson described this rose with flesh-pink flowers and small, shining leaves... in 1640... Plants of R. virginiana were shipped from Virginia to England in 1724, making it one of the earliest North American roses known to have been cultivated in Europe...