Roses are part of a large genus, Rosa, with over 100 species and one of the largest families of plant on earth, Rosaceae. It is very difficult to make a lot of generalizations about this roses as a group of flowering plants.

They are all woody plants and some of them form a bush or shrub while others make very long canes and are called "climbers". One common feature of all is that the flowers have 5 least at the species level. Of course, all kinds of hybrids have been created that have double flowers...or more. They come in colors ranging from shades of white, yellow, pink, red and purple with some having multiple colors. Traditionally, they have been valued for their fragrance although this is not so evident in many of today's cultivars.

Following are some general topics on rose care:

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.


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