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ROSA 'The Fairy'

Image of Rosa 'The Fairy'

David L. Morgan

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

ROSA 'The Fairy'

Plant Common Name

Polyantha Rose, The Fairy Polyantha Rose

General Description

Polyantha roses are garden classics valued for their compact habit, long season of bloom and fantastic clusters of small, mildly fragrant flowers. The cultivar 'The Fairy' produces large sprays of small, delicate, double, pale pink, flowers from early summer through fall. It is markedly cold hardy and grows best in temperate climates with enough winter chill to allow for dormancy.

Roses prefer full to partial sun, moderate temperatures and perfectly drained, slightly acid soil with average to good fertility. They grow best in slightly dry climates, because dry air disfavors the many fungal diseases that plague roses. In moister areas, it is important to maintain good airflow within and between roses through good planting and pruning practices. Roses are also susceptible to a suite of viral and bacterial diseases as well as insect pests, so it is wise to select robust and resistant cultivars. This cultivar is susceptible to black spot.

Compact, shrubby roses such as this are ideal for both garden and foundation plantings. The clusters of flowers are also long-lasting when cut and retain their fragrance in bouquets.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Gray

  • 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

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No