'R. watsoniana' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Museo Giardino della Rosa Antica
Light pink Species.
Exhibition name: R. watsoniana
Light pink to white. Small, single (4-8 petals) bloom form.
Arching, bushy, well-branched. Matte, variegated foliage. 5 to 7 leaflets.
Height of up to 39" (up to 100 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).
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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.