After a recent trip to the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon and sitting in on a recent program on Rose Rosette virus, my mind is currently on roses. So, Roses it is for this week’s Plant of the Week! The fragrance, the beauty, the vase life, they just can’t be beat from the view point of a florist and gardener like myself.
According to Missouri Botanic Garden, Rosa is a genus of about 150 species of deciduous (occasionally evergreen) shrubs and climbers noted for their beautiful, often fragrant, single, semi-double or double flowers which are borne singly or in clusters on often prickly stems clad with 5-9 leaflets often having toothed margins.
There really is nothing like the beauty of a rose, but unfortunately, the prevalence of a virus that infects roses has brought about more attention to roses recently, and not for a necessarily good reason. This disease, called Rose Rosette, can be devastating to roses in your landscape if able to spread. Learn more about how to spot it below.
Courtesy of University of Illinois Extension “Hort in the Home”.