Glossary of Rose Terms

Everything you want to know about bare root roses

Growing roses can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. Here are a list of some of the more commonly used phrases to help you get started.

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AARS

All-America Rose an association of commercial rose growers and sellers that sponsors a nationwide program of rose trials each year.

Alba

A class of roses thought to have originated from natural cross pollination between Rosa canina and Damask Roses. Romans grew Albas in ancient times for medicinal and cultural uses. The blossoms of white or pale pink are held on long, arching canes.

American Rose Society

American Rose Society, PO Box 30,000, Shreveport, LA 71130. An association of over 20,000 rose enthusiasts, dues include a subscription to The American Rose magazine.

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Anti-transparent

A spray, usually water-based, that when applied to the canes and leaves of a rose bush will keep it from dehydrating. Beware of oil-based sprays as they might burn foliage during the growing season.

Antique Rose

A casual term used to describe old roses. As there is no official demarcation point that makes a rose an antique, there are many perspectives. Some rosarians prefer 1867, the year in which La France was introduced. Others prefer 1900 or 1945.

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