Rosa gallica 'Versicolor' (G)
A small shrub of bushy, compact habit, with dull greyish-green leaves and profuse, highly fragrant, semi-double flowers, blush-pink striped and spotted with crimson, to 7cm in width in early summer. Small oval hips in autumn
Other common namesFrench rose 
SynonymsRosa mundi 'Versicolor'
Rosa × damascena 'Versicolor' misapplied
see moreRosa 'Rosa Mundi'
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Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
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.
- Name status
- Horticultural Group
- Gallica roses are compact, prickly shrubs with dull green foliage and generally fragrant, single to double flowers in small clusters in mid-summer
How to grow
Grow 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
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
- Cottage and informal garden
- Hedging and screens
- Cut flowers
- Flower borders and beds
Pruning group 23 (roses)
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