Also known as the Scotch Rose, this rose is part of the Rosa Spinosissima or Pimpinnelifolia, and is a spontaneous species of unknown origins and date.
An elegant shrub that stands from 170 cm to 220 cm in height. A tidy shrub, it is narrower at the base and wider at the top with outstretching, slightly arched branches.
The blooms grow thickly along the branches with single 5 petal corollas that are pinkish-purple and white in the centre. The yellow stamens are quite pronounced.
An early bloomer compared to its sisters, this species is enchanting, and attracts numerous pollinating insects. Once the flowers have gone, purple-red hips, tending towards black, grow, and are a favourite of birds. Healthy, strong, vigorous, and useful in any natural garden, this plant is also
very low maintenance.
Excellent for mixed borders, which include hawthorn, cistus, Astilbe japonica, and forsythia. Together with some varieties of early blooming broom (Cytisus Scopiarius), the chromatic effect is striking.