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Rosa glauca (the red-leaved rose or redleaf rose; syn. R. rubrifolia) is a species of rose native to the mountains of central and southern Europe, from Spanish Pyrenees east to Bulgaria, and north to Germany and Poland. It is also found as an introduced species as far north as Scandinavia and Finland.

Rosa glauca is a deciduous arching shrub of cinnamon-coloured arching canes 1.5–3 m tall. The most distinctive feature is its leaves, which are glaucous blue-green to coppery or purplish, and covered with a waxy bloom; they are 5–10 cm long and have 5–9 leaflets. The fragile, clear pink flowers are 2.5–4 cm in diameter, and are produced in clusters of two to five. The fruit is a dark red globose hip 10–15 mm in diameter.

This rose was not widely grown in gardens until the end of the 19th century, when its refined wildness and beauty out of the flowering season first began to be appreciated. The flower petals fall off easily in the spray from watering hoses, as well as from wind and rain. The species is naturalised in northern Europe north of its native range, particularly in Scandinavia.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Type: Shrub rose

Height: 3 Meters

Location: Sun or part sun

Hardiness zones: 2-9

Safe: Considered non-toxic to children and people! This is our research, though we still suggest you confirm this yourself.

Seeds per pack: 5

Germination: Your planting container should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and flatten the surface. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks, and then place at room temperature to germinate. Once seedlings emerge, place the pot in a sunny place, or under bright grow lights.

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