Green Rose is thought to be a descendant of Old
Blush which is a two hundred year old form of
Rosa chinensis. China roses are extremely hardy. In fact, many
winters, here in zone 8, the Green Rose never loses its leaves
but remains vibrant green with a tinge of red which is a welcome
addition in a miniature rose garden full of naked stemmed bushes.
The buds on Green Rose blooms look like any other rose but, when
the bud opens,
there are never any flower petals. The Green Rose bloom is made
of sepals on top of sepals on
top of more sepals. Usually sepals come together to form the "holder"
at the base of
the flower. This holder is called a calyx. But, the Green Rose
never makes the flower part. No flower, then no seed and, potentially, no next
generation of rose plant.
Thus, this plant only exists due to the kindness and love of gardeners
who take cuttings and make more roses. It often has great sentimental
value to those who grow it because it may have been a gift from a
friend or relative. Considering it is first recorded in the mid 1800's, that is a lot
of love keeping a sterile rose with no real rose flower going. The flowers are usually found in sprays of multiple buds.
The bright green is a
nice complement to other rose colors and makes an interesting addition
to floral arrangements