'R. foetida' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Johno
Medium yellow Species.
Exhibition name: R. foetida
Hybrid Foetida, Species / Wild.
Deep yellow. [Light yellow.]. Strong, unpleasant fragrance. 5 petals. Average diameter 2". Medium, single (4-8 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Arching, upright, well-branched. Small, semi-glossy, dark green foliage. 5 to 9 leaflets.
Height of 4' 11" to 9' 10" (150 to 300 cm). Width of 5' (150 cm).
USDA zone 3a through 9b. Drought resistant. Disease susceptibility: susceptible to blackspot .
Described in Gerald's Herbal, 1597.
Sometimes sets hips.
Robert Buist regarded Rosa lutea and R. sulphurea as the same, so please refer to both for more information.
Belongs to the Pimpinellifolia section (styles free, shorter than the stamens, blooms solitary, without bracts). Has doubly serrated and abaxially glandular leaflets like R. ecae and R. primula, but differs from this by its downy leaves, larger deep-yellow blooms and unpleasant fragrance.