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Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-12

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mystery rose


Mystery rose

I'm pretty sure this is some type of rose. The stems have thorns and the leaves look like large rose leaves, but the plant itself is bushier than a typical rose bush. That could be because it never gets pruned. The plant is located in a vacant lot where it's been growing wild for years.

Usually this bush only has a flower or two in the spring. Maybe because of all the winter rains, this year it's loaded with these exquisite blossoms. The flowers are fragile; they only last a day or two. Look familiar?

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Submitted by insanelysane on

How tall and wide is the plant and does it look rambling at all?
oh and how big is the flower? It looks huge in the photo.( compared to the leaf.)

'Mermaid' looks similar and it is a very very large climber.
Monet grew one on his house.

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Submitted by twig on

It looks just like this picture of a mermaid rose bush, only smaller, maybe because it's not in anyone's garden and gets no care at all.

Thanks, and a great big hat tip to you!