Redleaf Rose a 2010 Plant Select Introduction

The mystery plant featured in yesterday’s Name That Plant contest is a Redleaf rose (Rosa glauca, R. rubrifolia) and one of Plant Select’s 2010 introductions.

The Redleaf rose I planted in my landscape last year is just a baby compared to this beautiful specimen on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

I’m hoping this is what my little Rosa glauca will look like when it grows to more than 6 feet tall and is loaded with pink blossoms every June.

The plants in the Plant Select program undergo a rigorous trialing process before they’re released for gardeners to plant in their own yards.

The new introductions should be available at nurseries, garden centers and plant sales starting…right… now.

In addition to the Redleaf rose, there are these 6 additions to the program:

  • Calylophus serrulatus ’Prairie Lode’ (Prairie Lode Sundrops)
  • Echium amoenum (Red Feathers)
  • Eriogonum wrightii var. wrightii (Snow Mesa buckwheat)
  • Hesperaloe parviflora (Red yucca)
  • Kniphofia caulescens (Regal Torchlily)
  • Tanacetum densum ssp. Amani (Partridge Feather)

Whenever you see the Plant Select sunburst logo, it’s like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval for gardeners. These plants will perform well in Xeriscape gardens throughout the Rocky Mountains and Plains States.

There’s a link on the Plant Select site that lists retailers where plants are available.  There are also online retailers, like High Country Gardens and High Country Roses, where plants can be ordered and delivered to your door.

There are also many demonstration gardens throughout Colorado in case you want to get a close-up view of what these plants look like growing in a garden bed.

In addition to the Redleaf rose, I planted the Partridge Feather, Prairie Lode Sundrops, and Red Feathers in my garden late last spring, so I’ll be able to see how well these new plants do in my landscape and share the results with you throughout the summer.

And you can be sure I’ll also post pictures of my Redleaf rose just as soon as it blooms.


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