My favorite plant in the garden this week – Rosa chinensis viridiflora

Well, truth be told, it’s not quite in my garden yet. This baby is just a couple of cuttings at this point. A couple of weeks ago, I did a garden consultation for a couple who wanted to remove their lawn and plant it with a bunch of drought tolerant plants. As they were showing me their garden, I spotted a plant I had only seen in photographs before – a green rose! It was a species rose – Rosa chinensis viridiflora. Each flower is only about as big as a quarter, and looks almost like a straw flower. In fact, if it weren’t for the leaves, you’d never know that it was a rose at all!

Adorable, isn't it?

Adorable, isn’t it?

Anyway, I was elated when the kind couple offered me a cutting, but being a scatterbrain I forgot to take one before I left. No worries, said the woman when I emailed her – she could bring me one the following week. Gardeners are such wonderful people!!!
As fate would have it, she walked into the nursery with it the day after we had learned how to propagate plants in my Master Gardener class. Her timing couldn’t have been better!

Fingers crossed that they take root!

Fingers crossed that they take root!

I discovered that this little green marvel has a wonderful fragrance. Not at all like more typical rose scents – oh no. This unassuming little flower has this warm, woody perfume – almost like sandalwood oil. Absolutely delicious! When I planted the cuttings, I cut the flowers off and put in a little vase. It’s been a week since, and they are still fragrant! Besides the fact that the perfume makes me almost swoon a little, I know absolutely nothing about this plant, so for stats, I will refer to Paul Barden who seems to know what he is talking about.

Oh, one more thing… Of course I had to tell my boys about my cool new find, and let them sniff its wondrous scent. When they heard that it was a Chinese rose, my teenager – who has spent time trying to interpret the English spoken by his Mandarin teacher – remarked; “So, you mean it’s a ‘lose’, mom”. I suppose it’s okay for a half-Asian to make fun of other Asians, but good god, that made me laugh!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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4 Responses to My favorite plant in the garden this week – Rosa chinensis viridiflora

  1. Loree says:

    Yep, I love it! I think Ann might have one of these too. I hope your cuttings/propagation is successful!

    • annamadeit says:

      Hope so too. I’m of an impatient sort, so I will do my very best to avoid yanking on those little starts too early, to test their developing roots – if any. Maybe the best strategy is to leave them outside through the winter, and forget all about them until spring?

  2. Years ago, before Rosa mutabilis is as mainstream as it is now, I begged a neighbor for cuttings. She gladly obliged and I took five. Two took but one died and one remains. I’m living proof that it can be done. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your rose cuttings. This species deserves to be mainstream too. Gorgeous.

    • annamadeit says:

      Rosa mutabilis is very beautiful. I wasn’t familiar with it, and had to look it up, but I love how it changes colors. 🙂 How long did it take for your cuttings to root? I’ll let you know if I’m successful…

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