Rosa gigantea

Family : Rosaceae

Class : Wild Rose


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Text and pictures © Giuseppe Mazza



English translation by Peter Thompson




A climbing wild rose, native to the Himalayan region, where it grows to about 1.500 metres above sea level.

It is the sturdiest known rose and can reach 30 metres in height, with robust, hooked thorns.

The flowers, white or cream, can surpass 10 cm in diameter, and are usually isolated.

An insignificant plant for horticultural purposes, it is still very important in the history of the rose, since, bred a long time ago with the Rosa chinensis , it played a key role in the birth of the Hybrid Tea.


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