Rosa arvensis

Field rose

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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour






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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (152664)

Plant details

An extremely useful wild Rambler, the 'Field Rose' is perfectly happy in wild or cottage gardens in poor soil. It'll romp into high hedges, its bendy stems locking themselves in place using hooked thorns. It also scrambles out long stems covered in pure white, musky scented flowers in early summer. They are followed in autumn by round red hips. Early in the 19th century it was crossed with various other old roses to create a group of vigorous, climbing, Ayrshire roses, 'Ayrshire Splendens' being the most successful.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rosa

Species: arvensis

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 200cm

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