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'R. primula' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 91-779
most recent 10 MAY 18 SHOW ALL
Initial post 28 MAR 16 by Jukka K
I got R. primula from Belle Epoque, Holland, two years ago. Thd foliage is very small, shiny, and extremely fragrant, even pungent at close range. This must be the true species. I had one from another nursery years ago and it had no scented foliage.
R. primula is from a continental hot-summer climates, so likely will be short-lived here (Finland). There were a few flowers on my plant last summer and I was able to collect some pollen. I pollinated R. rubiginosa with it and got a small number of seeds. My aim is to create hybrids with fragrant foliage and better adaptation to our climate. Another hybrid partner could be R. glutinosa.

Reply #1 of 4 posted 29 MAR 16 by Give me caffeine
Interesting project. Best of luck with that. The results could be good.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 29 MAR 16 by Jukka K
Thanks, Gmc. In my dreams there would be a mix of fragrance genes in the progeny so that completely new notes would emerge from the pine, apple-mint and incense scents of these species. A bit like in scented geraniums. :)
Reply #3 of 4 posted 8 APR 16 by Raynyk
Good luck with this interesting project!
Reply #4 of 4 posted 10 MAY 18 by JasonSims1984
Did your fragrant foliage project ever produce anything interesting? :)
Discussion id : 105-280
most recent 3 SEP 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 3 SEP 17 by Andrew from Dolton
Would this rose grow in a cool damp climate?
Discussion id : 91-596
most recent 20 MAR 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 MAR 16 by Tessie
How do I create a listing for a rose that I bred? I have a seedling of R. primula, that I've named already, and I want to add it to HMF. It's name is Gizi's Rose.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 20 MAR 16 by HMF Admin
Contact the support department and they will be happy to help.
Discussion id : 91-495
most recent 15 MAR 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 14 MAR 16 by Give me caffeine
This appears to be available from several Australian nurseries, but it seems as if nobody grows it here. Do any HMF members know of examples being grown in Australian gardens?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 14 MAR 16 by Patricia Routley
I believe Ross Roses imported R. primula in 1959 from Sunningdale Nurseries in the U.K.
It probably didn't get around very much as the 1982 reference says it was difficult to propagate.
But I did find that it was growing in Renmark (1979 ref ), Tasmania (1984 ref) and Victoria (2007 ref).
Because of its fragrance, it really does sound as though it is a rose we should all buy - if we can find it.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 15 MAR 16 by Give me caffeine
Well the nurseries listing says that Kurinda, Mistydowns and Thomas for Roses all have it. The scent does sound intriguing, and I'm always a sucker for a good scent (roses or anything else). The amount of rainfall up here might torture the poor thing, which is why I was curious about where it will grow healthily.

Edit: Incidentally, T4R's PDF catalogue says theirs is a primula/pimpinellifolia hybrid.

"Primula -Pimpinellifolia hybrid - single buttercup yellow flowers, very fragrant. also known as Incense rose."
Reply #3 of 4 posted 15 MAR 16 by Margaret Furness
A Heritage Roses member in SE SA had R primula doing well for some years (ex Thomas for Roses), but lost it to a combination of drought, alkaline bore water and wallabies.
I see it's listed as growing at Werribee.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 15 MAR 16 by Give me caffeine
Interesting. If it can survive Melbourne's weather, it should be able to survive almost anything.
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