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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
old red damask apothecary's rose
official rose Provence rose red rose of Lancaster crimson damask rose
Rosa officinalis Rosa apothecary's rose
Rosa crimson damask Rosa red rose of Lancaster
Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits
Gallica roses are compact, prickly shrubs with dull green foliage and generally fragrant, single to double flowers in small clusters in mid-summer
R. gallica var. officinalis is an erect, bushy small shrub with dull greyish-green foliage and profuse, highly fragrant, semi-double, light crimson flowers to 8cm in width in early summer. Small oval hips in autumn
C & S Europe
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grows best in full sun with fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring - see rose cultivation. Tolerant of poor soil and shade. Suitable for hedging
Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn or by chip budding in summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Cut Flowers Flower borders and beds Hedging & Screens
Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal Patio & Container Plants
Pruning Pruning group 23 (roses)
Pests rose aphid, rose leafhopper, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars, large rose sawfly and rose leaf-rolling sawfly may be a problem. Deer and rabbits can cause damage
May be subject to black spot, rose rust, rose powdery mildew and a downy mildew
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