The Q&A Archives: Difference in Roses

Question: What is the difference beteen a rosa polyantha 'nearly wild and a double knockout rose

Answer: Rosa polyantha 'Nearly Wild' is a modern cluster-flowering Floribunda Rose was introduced by Dr. Walter D. Brownell in 1941 by crossing the large flowered wichuraiana climber, 'Dr. W. Van Fleet' (1910) with 'Leuchtstern' a climbing Polyantha (1899). 'Nearly Wild' has reemerged from an obscurity that found the few remaining plants only in old rose gardens. Looking like a compact wild rose that grows to 2 feet and as wide wide with dull dark green foliage with red highlights and small pointed buds that open to mildly fragrant rose-pink single flowers. Unlike a wild rose this plant is disease resistant and repeats flowering from spring into fall. A very nice rose for a natural look or along a border or entry garden. Hardy to zones 4-10. Rosa rugosa Knockout double is a wild rose that grows larger than polyantha roses but has similar traits.

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