Mystery rose

This is a once-bloomer I’ve seen a lot in the Bluegrass area. In the heat of summer it looks pretty scrawny, but it’s the first rose to bloom, and it looks spectacular when it does. Wicked sharp thorns.

It suckers heartily, and is dead easy to start by digging up one of the suckers. This one flourishes on a steep, dry slope.

Does anyone know what it is?

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9 Responses to Mystery rose

  1. Tracy Farrell says:

    I don’t, but it’s certainly beautiful. I just ran across your blog as I was doing a search on Swamp roses, and I’ve gone through all of the archives just enjoying the beauty of the roses and flowers. I’m a sucker for this kind of thing, lol! Your roses are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. LDM says:

    Probably Lady Godiva – a Hybrid Wichurana. I have it (like you I did not know what it was until I accidentally saw it on Rogue Valley Roses’ site). Mine is once blooming, indestructible and also produces suckers that transplant easily.

    PS – I garden in New Orleans

    • Unwit says:

      Oh, I’m going straight to that site! Lady Godiva? I’ll check. Thanks!

    • Unwit says:

      Wow, no, mine is short, not lax, and the flowers are much bigger, three or four inches. Also it’s got thorns like barbed wire.

      • ldm says:

        The thorns on mine were wicked and the growth was lax without support (fence, trellis etc). Flower size on mine was somewhat smaller than in your photo though. (Color is a perfect match.) There is a photo of Lady Godiva on the Help Me Find site which looks a lot like yours (with support):

        https://www.helpmefind.com/gardening/l.php?l=2.3700&tab=1

        In any case your rose is almost certainly a Hybrid Wichurana of some sort.

        PS I had to remove mine last fall because it was out of control.

      • Unwit says:

        Wichuriana is in the New Dawn ancestry, right? If so, wouldn’t the foliage be shiny with rounded leaflets? Fascinating question. Investigating now.

  3. wendell b gabbard says:

    Is this a type of rambler ?

    • Unwit says:

      Nope, it’s a four- to five-foot arching shrubs. Not twiggy and dense like a China or polyantha, but a dense stand of thorny arching canes. A lot like a raspberry bush. Does that help?

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