Green Roses?

If your looking for Green Roses,there are two ways of going about it. You can buy long stemmed roses that have been dyed green and imported, usually from Ecuador, or you can grow one of only a few rose bushes capable of producing a green bloom (sort of!).

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These unusual rose bushes can be found in some rose sellers collections but rarely at your local garden centre. Checking online with your larger rose bush suppliers, is usually the best plan.

There are four rose bushes, that I know of, that can produce a green rose:

Green Ice
This is a miniature rose I know quite well. It's actually a white rose but when grown in shady conditions will produce a soft green bloom, while bright sunlight will turn the blooms closer to natural white. It is a small miniature bush to about 12 inches and I have found it a little difficult to grow. It was hard to establish and spindly in it's growth.

Green Diamond
This is another miniature but I haven't grown this one in my garden. I am told it is a good repeat blooming miniature with 3/4 inch blooms and can be purchased in a variety of colors including white, pink and yes, green. Again, the greenish bloom is produced by growing this miniature rose in a shady location. (but it still needs light!)

This is a Floribunda, bred in the U.K. during the 80's. Blooms are clustered in green and white with little or no fragrance. This repeat blooming Floribunda is quite small at three feet.

The Green Rose
This is the ultimate in Green Roses. In fact this is one of the most unusual roses you will ever see because it has no petals: the blossoms are made up of long green sepals.

The official name is:Rosa chinensis viridiflora and it has an A.R.S. rating of 7.8. It is thought to have been in cultivation since 1743 but was not introduced until 1856, in the U.K., by Bembridge and Harrison. It is thought to be a sport from the original china rose, "Slater's Crimson China" but there seems to be little proof of this. It isn't a hardy rose bush in cold climates and therefore only recommended for USDA zones 6 to 10. The bush tends to die back to nothing, most years, but on the positive side the leaves are usually disease free.

Is has a green bud but opens to a bunch of green sepals, looking as if the bush had forgotten to bloom! These green sepals have a peppery smell when they are bruised and/or rubbed together. It's quite small, at about three feet and the so called 'green' blossoms are about 2 1/4 inches across.

This Green Rose is a very unusual specimen, mostly for the collector of novelty plants, but yes, the answer to the question of whether you can grow a green rose is positive, assuming your not so choosy about the actual bloom! could look a bit odd in your lapel!

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