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Rosa sericea subsp. omeiensis f. pteracantha (S)

winged thorn rose

  • Other common names winged thorn rose

  • Synonyms Rosa sericea 'Pteracantha'
    Rosa sericea var. pteracantha

    Rosa omeiensis f. pteracantha
    Rosa omeiensis var. pteracantha

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  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing compound pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered flowers. Flowers may be followed by showy red or purple fruits in some varieties.

  • Horticultural Group Shrub roses are large shrubs with usually thorny stems bearing large leaves and fragrant, single to double flowers in clusters in summer, and usually also in autumn

  • Details R. sericea subsp. omeiensis f. pteracantha is a vigorous upright shrub with large flat crimson prickles on the young growth, neat, fern-like foliage and small, four-petalled creamy-white flowers in summer, followed by small orange-red hips

  • Plant range W China


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect West-facing or South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Suited to a wide range of situations but best in an open site in full sun, where ruby-red young thorns can be appreciated. Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil - see rose cultivation. Tolerant of poor soil and shade

Propagation Propagate by hardwood cuttings in late summer or autumn or by chip budding in summer. Propagate by seed; species roses can be propagated by seed but need stratification and germination may take two seasons

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 23 (roses)

Pests May be susceptible to aphids including rose root aphid, rose leafhopper, scale insects, large rose sawfly, rose leaf-rolling sawfly and rose slugworm

Diseases May be subject to black spot, rose dieback, grey mould, rose rust, rose powdery mildew and downy mildew, rose sickness or replant disease and a virus

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