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China-Bengale, Hybrid China Rose 'Green Rose'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Green Rose
Additional cultivar information:(aka Green Calyx, La Rose Verte, Viridiflora)
Hybridized by Smith
Registered or introduced: 1827
Synonym:Rosa chinensis var. viridiflora
Synonym:Rosa viridiflora
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:

White (w)

Bloom Shape:



Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:


Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:

Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Calistoga, California

Desert View Highlands, California

La Puente, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

Sebastopol, California

Tulare, California

Vincent, California

Bartow, Florida

Carrollton, Georgia

Kalona, Iowa

Thibodaux, Louisiana

Huntley, Montana

Somerset, New Jersey

Panama, New York

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

San Antonio, Texas

Wells, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 3, 2015, DaddysGreenRose from Sacramento, CA wrote:

My Daddy received this rose as a gift when he was "Irishman of the Year" in the 1970's.. We were told at that time that it was imported from Irelalnd. (However, after reading more about the rose, it seems that may be an Irish tale)
It has been growing in the front of our family home in northern California ever since. I swear that in mild winters, it blooms all year long. It has survived severe winters with lower than normal temperatures as well as the extreme heat in the summers. The cuttings last in the house much longer than regular roses. We have 22 rose plants at the house and this is one of the heartiest. There is a rose for each member of our family as well as a memorial rose garden where the flag is flown continuously. This heriloom green rose is Daddy's (RIP) special... read more


On Apr 4, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Bengale Fleurs Vertes
Bengale verte
Green Calyx
La Rose Verte
Rosa chinensis f. viridiflora C.K.Schneid.
Rosa viridiflora


On Jan 2, 2012, Bloomfly22 from Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I'm not surprised to hear that you have trouble finding a plant, most notably because the only ways to produce more plants is to graft or take cuttings. The lack of reproductive parts baffles me, and I haven't been able to locate one either. I like to sniff them when I do see one, but they are unappreciated, and therefore not easy to come by. I have had a positive experience when I see one though.


On Jan 2, 2012, alanabug from Bishopville, SC wrote:

i wish to recieve a cutting or something from this plant can't seem to find any where selling so if some one could please provide one email at alanabug1982@yahoo.com


On Dec 3, 2010, Jasminkay from Newcastle
Australia wrote:

Hi! I live in the hunter region NSW of Australia. My father has the green rose In his front yard, he has had plant specialists and many others try to graft it with many failed attempts! Any information on how to get this unique plant to grow from a clipping would be very helpful! The plant itself has been there for over 100 years, it was the previous familys family flower. Any help or tips will be extremely helpful :-)


On Nov 21, 2008, Ficurinia from Portland, OR wrote:

In order for this not to get lost out in my garden, I planted it near our patio in a large planter. I love to surprise people with it when I ask them to lean over and look closer. Then I ask them to smell the rose and they are always shocked at the pepper scent. It is a favorite and a garden visitor favorite.


On Jul 8, 2008, lovemyiris from Huntley, MT (Zone 4b) wrote:

My ancestors brought this rose around the Cape to the Big Sur coast of California in the 1800s. It has since been kept alive through cuttings that many of our family members have started.

I grew this in the Panhandle of Nebraska for a few years then lost it.

I got another start of it from my brother when I moved to South Central Montana and have had it successfully growing outside year round for about 5 years now. We're in Zone 4/5. I do wrap it with burlap and cover it with a large pot during winter.


On Nov 18, 2007, sandiegojames from San Diego, CA wrote:

It's interesting to read the other posts on this plant, particularly about how many have moved this plant when they relocated, or that the plant was a family heirloom. That's pretty much my story. Growing up I was a rose geek, growing over 100 varieties in Los Angeles County. When I relocated to San Diego, this was the only rose from my family garden that I brought with me, and currently it's the only rose in my garden.

Looking at the plant, it's maybe a little difficult to see why it generates such an attachment. The flowers aren't exactly spectacularly, though incredibly interesting when yo consider that this plant is a rose. For me the plant produces large sprays of buds that open to the leaf-green "flowers" that are usually tinged with red. These blossoms technically are... read more


On Apr 7, 2006, Silphion from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Though not for some, there is more than just rairity to find in the Green China Rose. Here in Z8b I have had blooms that not only lasted into December but new buds as late as November! There is somthing to be said about the folage as well; new growth has that slightly reddish tint that is found in the occasional bloom and is as close to evergreen as any Rose could hope to be. The only slight downside is that, of the roses in my yard ('Mermaid' a heritage climber, a Pink Damask, & a Yellow Hybrid-T) my China Green's seem to attract the most aphids of the bunch...not to worry, the pesky blighters never seem to bother this "trooper" of a rose! :)


On Mar 16, 2006, FoxFire0365 from Carrollton, GA wrote:

I have one specimen of this plant. My father dug it up from my great great grandfather's home place, somewhere around the year, 1953. He planted it at our home, in a very shady area, where it didn't do very well, but survived. When my mother moved from our home, after dad died, I took the plant (1999) to my farm and planted in a sunny area, where it "took off". Since then, it has survived a house fire, and re-potting again, where it is growing vigorously. I'm about to plant it in the soil, again, at my new home on the same property. I've never seen another like it anywhere in this area, which is just west of Atlanta. I'm also about to try propigating by cuttings, to spread it throughout my family. The blooms are green, but as they age, develop a pale pink center.


On Oct 3, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have been growing this rose for 55 years, and got the original cuttings from my grandmother who had been growing them for just as long. This is an heirloom in our family. It never fails to win a blue ribbon when entered in a flower show.


On May 14, 2005, a5thbrat from Sebastopol, CA wrote:

My "verdigris" rose blooms almost constantly in a 10 gallon pot. Original plant was rescued from a vacant lot where an old Victorian house had burned down in Santa Rosa CA.

I have had much success propagating by cuttings (not grafts) but they must be kept out of the sun and kept damp! Best time: very early spring.

I have read that this rose had a designation of "X" either "15" or "20" (e.g., "X-15") back in Victorian days and that it is definitely Chinese.


On Aug 22, 2002, Roselaine from North Vancouver, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:

The most notable quality of this particular shrub is the unusual bloom, if you want to call it that (flowers formed by a multitude of green and brown bracts with no petals in the accepted sense, and with age, they turn to a purplish-brown)...very rare!


On Aug 21, 2002, FLSuncoast from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

It is the only true green rose and is more of a conversation piece than a true rose. It does work quite well in floral arrangements. Flowers have abundant sepals but no petals. The parentage of the 'Green Rose' is not known. Some think it is a sport of Old Blush. This rose was introduced into England in 1833. It is disease resistant and hardy. Excessive prunning may cause it not to bloom. It prefers full sun, but tolerates poor soils and some shade. Remove dead wood as required and trim it to shape annually.


On Oct 4, 2001, Baa wrote:

Synonyms include Rosa viridiflora and R. chinensis 'Viridiflora'

Not to everybody's taste.

Upright shrub with dark green, shiny, toothed, ovate leaves. Bears double, thin petalled, flowers which are truely green with some red splashes. Has a peppery scent.

Has flowered here from early June and is still going strong in October.