Thursday, March 15, 2012

THE GREEN ROSE



Is there a pot of gold for us lovers of roses?  For all the Irish in all of us, we can say we have a green rose, not St. Patrick which only has a tint of green, but a real green rose.  It is Viridiflora ‘Rosa Monstrosa’ otherwise known as Green Rose.  The buds are small, oval, of soft bluish green color and the “blooms” are usually formed in clusters continually throughout the season and look wonderful.   The petals of the bloom reverted back to leaves (petals are modified leaves) and it does not have reproductive organs.  As you would expect from an Old Garden Rose, this one is fragrant too.  It has a spicy fragrance.  But unless you know what you’re looking for, it is hard to find the bud since the bush is totally green.  But is it really a rose?  The Green Rose is just that, a green rose.  The small plant grows to 3’ tall and has few thorns.  It can be grown in a pot, and is rarely out of “blooms”.

It is an oddity and a conversation piece to say the least.  Just as when you present your friend with a perfect rose and they ask “Is that real?” I bet you this same person will tell you this one is not a real rose.  However, records say Green Rose has been in cultivation as early as 1743 and is a sport from Rosa Indica (The China Rose of England and the Daily Rose of America).  So take pride, we have our own green to celebrate.  People either love or hate this rose   Plant it and you might like it.  It is a wonderful rose to use as a filler material in arrangements or as a landscape rose.  But I’m sure some visitors to your garden will undoubtedly say “That’s not a rose!  You got to be kidding!!”  It is worth a try!!!

Roses are easy plants to grow contrary to popular belief. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years?  All they need are food, water and sunlight.  Just like you and me. 

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