Long-lived polycarpic perennial
The Holy Rose was grown in early Coptic/Egyptian church yards. Garlands were placed in tombs.
Source of plant
Low spreading shrub. Stems to 1.3m, bearing small scattered, hooked prickles of unequal size. Stipules broad. Leaves deciduous; leaflets 3-5, ovate to narrowly elliptic, acute, wrinkled above, downy beneath, margins with simple glandular teeth. Bracts narrow. Receptacle smooth. Flowers several in loose clusters, single, 5-7.5cm across; sepals with lateral lobes, the apex leafy, downy and glandular on the back, reflexed and falling after flowering; petals pale pink; styles free, exserted; stigmas woolly.
USDA Hardiness Zone
fragrance, other ethnobotanical uses