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ROSA (WHITE LIGHTNIN')

Image of Rosa 'Arowhif' (WHITE LIGHTNIN')

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

ROSA 'Arowhif'(WHITE LIGHTNIN')

Plant Common Name

Grandiflora Rose, White Lightnin' Grandiflora Rose

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Heady citrus fragranced blooms in clustered abundant masses make this rose the award winner it is. Introduced in 1979, ‘White Lightnin’ was an All American Rose Selection in 1981. It features double, large, 30 ruffled-petal flowers in pure clear white on long stems suitable for cutting.

White Lightnin’ is a grandiflora rose with a vigorous, bushy habit and stems lined with sharp woody thorns. It has shiny, large, leathery, deep green leaves. It blooms from early summer through frost with good care and maintenance. Flowering may occur earlier in southern zones.

Roses prefer full to partial sun, moderate temperatures and perfectly drained, slightly acid soil with average to good fertility. They grow best in places with slightly dry climates, because such climates disfavor the fungal diseases that plague them. For this reason, it is important to maintain good airflow within and between planted roses through good planting and pruning practices, which will dissuade fungal attacks. Roses are rife with pest and disease problems. Fortunately, cultivars like White Lightnin are bred to be disease resistant.

Grandiflora roses are a garden must. They are perfect for sunny foundations, mixed borders and cutting gardens. Especially pretty, floriferous cultivars like this one.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No