Rosa laevigata

Family : Rosaceae

Class : Climbing Rose, Wild Rose

Text and pictures © Giuseppe Mazza


English translation by Peter Thompson



Wild rose native to the south of China, Taiwan, Laos, and Vietnam.

Introduced in Europe in 1759, and in the south of USA around 1780, where it rapidly naturalised, so much so that it became the floral emblem of Georgia.

It is known also as “Rose of the Cherokees”, from the name of an old Indian tribe. Its large, single white flowers, slightly perfumed, would recall the tears of the deported women, and the yellow stamens the gold stolen by the white men.

It is not suited to cold conditions, but when the climate is suitable it grows quickly, and can surpass 4 m in height.

Large fruits, 2.5 cm wide and 5 cm long, very ornamental and rich in vitamin C.

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