Family: Rosaceae

Scientific Name: Rosa gallica officinalis

Common Name: Apothecary’s Rose


Apothecary’s Rose (Rosa gallica officinalis) One of the oldest Rose's in cultivation and still is used today. Has been used for many different medical purposes.

Plant TypeShrubs Rose
Hardiness Zone4-10
Soil & Siteaverage
Flowerssemi-double, starts as crimson fade to near purple, dried petals fragrant
Fruitround to oval red hips, seeds can naturalize
Leavesdark green
Stemshave bristles but few thorns
Dimensions3-4 plus feet, suckers readily when grown on own roots
MaintenanceUsing hand shears or extended reach rose pruners I selectively cut back each branch at least 25-50% in the spring. Should be done every 1-3 years. This controls the size, promotes new growth increasing the flowers. Dead heading helps to promote quicker flushes of flowers. But by dead heading you will lose the rose hips. This is a matter of choice.
Propagationseeds, cuttings
Cultivar Originhas been know since the 7th century
Misc Facts(syn R. gallica maxima, R. gallica plena, R. officinalis, R. provincialis) #112, AKA: The Rose of Provins, Red Rose of Lancaster, Double French Rose
Notes & Reference#107-American Rose Society Encyclopedia of Roses (Charles and Brigid Quest-Ritson), #111-Botanica’s Roses, #112-Taylor’s Guide to Roses (Nancy Ondra)
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