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'Rosa multiflora f. watsoniana Matsumura' rose Description
'R. watsoniana' rose photo
Photo courtesy of David Elliott
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
51 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Light pink Species.
Exhibition name: R. watsoniana
Origin:
Introduced in Australia by Hazlewood Bros. Pty. Ltd. in before 1921 as 'R. watsoniana'.
Class:
Species / Wild.  
Bloom:
Light pink to white.  Small, single (4-8 petals) bloom form.  
Habit:
Arching, bushy, well-branched.  Matte, variegated foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of up to 39" (up to 100 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  
Ploidy:
Diploid
Parentage:
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Notes:
Watsoniana was lovingly described by the great English garden designer Gertrude Jekyll: "There are not many Roses that are distinctly unbeautiful, but this may certainly be said of R. Watsoni, a curious plant from Japan. It has small, mean colourless flowers in rather shapeless trusses that have the appearances of being stunted or blighted; the leaves are twisted and attenuated, and their set and action have an aimless character; they also look as if some enemy has been at work upon them or as if they had been passed through boiling water. "

The US Depart. of Agriculture GRIN Taxonomy classifies this rose as a form of R. multiflora, rather than a variety. Introduced from Japan.
 
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