North American native species, first described in 1880.
Rosa foliolosa is a lovely little rose that is ideal for
a simple, woodland style garden. It is tolerant of wet soils and some
shade, and is quite disease free in my experience. I originally obtained
this rose for breeding purposes, since it has some history as a useful
parent plant. (This is one of the parents of 'Basye's
Purple') This is a very compact species shrub that will sucker
gradually to make a small thicket. One of its nice features is the fern-like
bright green foliage.
foliolosa blooms for a few weeks in early Summer only, with
loads of well scented bright pink blooms.
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones
5 to 9, possibly zone 4 with protection.
Shrub size: 3 feet tall, X 3 feet wide, depending on climate.
Fragrance: 3.0, "wild rose" fragrance.
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