Greenovia Mountain Rose (Rosa Canina)
The name “greenovia” comes from the Latin word “greens”, which means roses. These are actually small, round, red or pink flowers with a very attractive fragrance. They grow in clusters and have many leaves. There are several species of these plants, but they all look similar.
They are native to Europe and Asia. The genus Rosa includes about 200 different species, most of them being members of the family Rosaceae.
They’re named after the Greek goddess of gardens and fertility, Rhea. The common names range from “red rose” to “golden rose”. Some varieties have white flowers while others come in shades such as purple or blue-violet. The petals are usually rounded, but there are some that have pointed tips.
Most varieties have five petal flowers.
There are two main types of rose: those with fragrant flowers and those without. Those with fragrant flowers tend to be smaller than non-fragranced ones, and they may even have a scentless flower head at the top of the plant.
The scents of roses have been used in perfumes and as food additives for centuries. Rose water has a long history of use in traditional medicine. It was first introduced to Europe after the Arab conquest of Spain.
Rose water is still popular in Middle Eastern cuisine, mostly in sweets and desserts such as cakes and pastries. It actually has antioxidant and soothing qualities that can benefit the skin when applied topically.
The leaves of roses are also edible, and they’re often used in salads or to give dishes a pleasant flavor.
Rose hips have long been used for various purposes. Rose hip tea has been drunk to soothe sore throats or coughs. The seeds have even been eaten by travelers to stave off hunger, and the pulp has been eaten to alleviate stomach ailments. They can be made into jams, jellies, juices or wines.
Rose hips are high in vitamin C. Rose hip seed oil has even been used for cosmetic purposes.
How to Care for Greenovia Dondrentalis
Greenovia dodrentalis care is easy, since they can tolerate most growing conditions. They can be grown outdoors in mild climates, but they’re also suitable for growing indoors or under grow lights. They’re tolerant of most soil types, but they prefer loose and well-draining ones. They’re fairly drought tolerant, but they’ll grow and bloom better if their soil is allowed to dry out between waterings.
They can be grown in fairly shady locations, but they’ll grow and bloom better if they receive a few hours of sunlight each day. They’re tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels, but prefer slightly dry conditions. If the air around them is too damp, this can lead to issues such as mold or fungus.
Greenovia dodrentalis are hardy plants that can tolerate some cooler temperatures (down to 20 to 25 °F), but they’re best protected from freezing. They grow and flower best when the temperature is kept between 65 and 85 °F.
Greenovia dodrentalis tend to be slow-growing shrubs, so they don’t need to be pruned often. You can prune them after flowering to keep their shape, or you can simply trim off any dead or damaged stems each year.
Repot your plant into a larger container only when it outgrows its current pot. Choose a pot that’s at least one size larger, but don’t go any larger than two sizes larger.
Greenovia dodrentalis are fairly low-maintenance plants. Most of the time they just need to be watered thoroughly and then left alone.
Greenovia dodrentalis Care Tips
Origin: Western Europe
Life Span: Perennial
Light: Bright light, but can tolerate partial shade
Water: Water thoroughly and then let the soil dry out a bit between waterings. Does not like soggy soil. Water it less in colder temperatures and less often in warm temperatures.
Humidity: Average to dry humidity.
Temperature: 55-60 °F (13-16 °C)
Soil: Well-draining potting soil
Fertilizer: Feed it every couple of months with a balanced fertilizer.
Propagation: Take 4 inch stem tip cuttings in spring or summer. Plant the cuttings in moist potting soil and keep them in a shady location.
NOTE: We do not ship plants out in the cold months, from October through February.