Green Roses Is Not That Hard to Find, but They Are Very Unusual




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Green roses are not that rare, but they are very uncommon.


Rosa chinensis viridiflora.

Green roses are said to have been around since about 1743, but were not cultivated until the mid-18th century. They can even be one of the oldest roses of all, along with single or wild roses. They are true roses, but unlike other rose varieties, they don’t have petals – they just have sepals that are green anyway.

And as unfortunate as it is for us – a little disappointing – all flowers are really just modified leaves which appeared about 130 million years ago. However, it doesn’t really matter, because we can appreciate their beauty much more than we would if they had stayed one color. Nature selected for color because it was a very beneficial trait to ensure pollination and therefore the survival of the species. See how this (Natural Selection) happens.




These beautifully colored petalless roses can be an added attraction to any rose garden, depending on whether or not you like them. This rose is very special for another reason. It shows us a little bit of what the first flowers might have looked like as they gradually morphed into the dazzling array of colors we see today – as they modified their leaves to become irresistible to insects, birds and other potential pollinators.

rose chinensis, One of the most beautiful roses I’ve ever seen. (Photo credit: Xavier Martin).

Its ancient lineage comes from the ancient roses of China. Its botanical name is ‘Rosa chinensis viridiflora’. These grow to a height of 2 to 5 feet and will ‘bloom’ spring through summer through fall. They are very hardy and require no more care than their other colorful family members. They have a mild peppery fragrance. Read about Green Rose of the Month.

For more photos just click here: Rosa chinensis viridiflora.

Viridifolia Rosa Verde

They cannot be hybridized because they are “asexual”, having no pollen and therefore cannot produce rosehips. The following site has information on ‘unusual roses’ and includes the viridiflora rose, the beautiful crested moss rose (also hard to find) and the smallest rose of all ‘Si’ roses. Heirloom Roses. with

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chinese rose ‘Old Blush’. Around 1790.

One of the most interesting theories I’ve read about them is that they are considered a ‘sport’ of ‘Old Blush’. If you trace ‘Old Blush’ back to its origins in the western world, it comes from Rosa Chinensis, which is generally accepted as the first rose to reach Europe: in Denmark (1752) and England (1793). Old Blush bloomed continuously from spring to summer and into autumn. The Tea Roses also had this habit and thus the Chinas and the Teas formed the basis for the cultivation of roses such as Bourbons, Noisettes, Hybrid Perpetuals and from there, the Modern Rose Varieties.

After a lot of searching on Google, I have come across so many explanations of where these roses originally came from and I get so many different explanations. So Rosa Chinensis Viridiflora, if it is indeed an Old Blush sport, may not have been around for as long as we think. For more comprehensive information on the history of the Green Roses, see Garden guides.


Where can I buy a real green rose bush?

If you live in the US, you’re in luck. The following site sells cheap: Mountain Valley Producers.

If you live in Australia, you can buy one at Misty Downs Roses.

If you can’t buy an original Viridiflora rose, try growing the rose in miniature. ‘Green Ice’. This has greenish petals, but I read somewhere that if you grow it in the shade it will turn green or greenish.

More information and photos. Green Roses. All Things Plants.

Grafting Green Roses.

Green roses can be grafted in the same way as regular roses. To see Different types of roses page to learn more about it.

A white rose dyed green.How to make a green rose.

How to make a green rose.

When we were kids, we dyed flowers. It’s so easy: just take a white rose, cut it at an angle to the desired length, add some green food coloring to a glass or container and place the rose. Then all you have to do is wait. The coloring should be on the petals any time between 24 to 48 hours, depending on how thirsty your rose is. All that’s happening is that the rose is pulling in the liquid just like it does with water. Easy.

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