Apothecary's Rose

Type: Gallicas

Large, semi-double 3-4" blooms (petals 12-18) of light red, opening to show a golden center, produced profusely on a nicely formed once blooming plant with grey-green foliage. Fragrant and shade tolerant. One of the antiquities of Rosedom. Used for medicinal purposes in Medieval times.

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Additional Info

Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) R. gallica officinalis, Double French Rose, Rose de Provins
Specifc ARS Score 8.7
Bloom Type Semi-Double
Breeder Code No
Characteristics Cutting, Fragrance, Hedge, Hips
Specific Color Light red
Country of Origin Europe
Fragrance Exceptionally Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 4 (-30° to -20°), 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°)
Patent # No
Rebloom Once Blooming
Shade Tolerant Yes
Approximate Size 3-4' x 4-5'
Year pre 1310


Customer Reviews (4)

Tough enough to come back from verticilium wilt…Review by More scent per petal than ANYthing!
Planted a pair of Apothecary Roses c. 2014, zone 8 (south Puget Sound). Bloomed great, more thorns than I like but I'm growing my own medicinal herbal ingredients so I live with it. Two years ago…about a month before bloom, the two plants were attacked by verticilium wilt and after watching them brown for a week, regretfully dug them out roots and all. Dug in a mess of soil amendments and cornmeal, left the space blank for something else, later…
meanwhile, bought all new huge containers, filled them up with organic from the baked-sterile crock at the bottom to the worm tea, coir fiber, organic cornmeal and Portland Rose Society 5-4-4 organic rose food…and then planted new apothecary roses from Heirloom. Got a few blossoms last year, this year going *gangbusters*…while over in the dug-out verticilium patch? one volunteered from a root I missed! And it's toughing it out there, like a first year small pot from Heirloom.

Whoever commented about their elbowing out was spot on; besides the resurrected one this year, there's a stalk of new growth about 3 feet away from it.

And did I mention the OMG fragrance? The first year I planted them, I got about five or six blossoms, collected the petals once open fully, and just air-dried them, then put in a closed container. And when I introduce folks to the dried aroma? it's like having attar of rose every time you open the container.

That's basically essential oil of rose to the rest of us, and it's so strong and so costly they sell essential oil or rose as rosa absoluta 5%…which is plenty strong enough. Pure essential rose oil sells at nearly $1,000/fluid ounce… (Posted on 6/4/2018)
SpectacularReview by DM
Wild weather in Zone 4-5a, with multitudes of deer and elk, but this rose is fantastic. I was told that roses would not do well in the short growing season that this area of Co and thought I would have to give up roses. The Apothecary Rose is the first on many Heirloom roses I have planted and is one of the best. It bloomed well but modestly the first few years but was covered with blooms off and on throughout last year. I have used the anti-deer rose spray recipe from Heirloom, which has prevented deer and elk from damaging it, and use rose covers in Winter. The scent of this rose is amazing. (Posted on 5/12/2018)
A beautiful May showReview by Erica
I planted my Apothecary's Rose in 2011 and it bloomed for the first time in 2013. It is now early 2018 and it has done so well that I've been able to separate some of the rooted runners and share them with friends. The description doesn't mention this tendency (to send up runners) so do give it a bit more space in the garden than I did, which was only about a 4x4 foot area. It blooms here in central VA (zone 7) in early to mid-May. The flowers are best enjoyed on the bush because the blooms don't last long and the petals fall easily. I love the scent and the hips it forms. (Posted on 1/22/2018)
Off to a great start!Review by JB
I got my Apothecary's Rose into the ground during the third week of last September. That was cutting it a little close, as we have frosts late and early (Zone 6a, comparatively high altitude). This spring the little rose woke right up and got to work, and there are now three lovely blooms on it. The plant looks healthy and is certainly growing fast. Shipping was fast and very professional. I'm delighted all round, and recommend this elegant old rose, and this wonderful company. (Posted on 6/8/2017)

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