Spice PDF Handout

Cultivar: Spice
Classification China
Year Introduced Found rose, date not known
Size Category/Growth Habit Medium shrub
Height 5 feet
Width 4 feet
Spacing 6 feet apart on centers
Color Blush pink to white.
Bloom Double blossoms. Successive flushes of bloom spring, summer, and fall.
Fragrant Yes, peppery
Planting Site Full sun. Good air circulation.
Water Use Keep moist until established (usually requires one month to establish). Average water needs during growing season.
Cold Hardiness Hardy in zones 7-9
History One of the Bermuda “Mystery Roses”. Believed to be Hume’s Blush Tea-Scented China from before 1810; one of the ancestors of countless roses.

Spice produces wave after wave of blush pink, double blossoms that have a peppery fragrance that probably gave rise to its name. The blooms are light pink in cooler weather to almost white in the heat of summer. Very healthy and easy to grow, Spice is a drought tolerant evergreen in the south. Flowers are good for cutting and to use in vases and arrangements. Arrange shrubs in a cluster of 3-5 plants at the back of a rose planting, or utilize as a backdrop for annuals, perennials or herbs. Can also be grown in a large pot on your deck or patio. An excellent choice for everyone, especially those who are new to rose growing.

Landscape Uses

Spice makes an excellent landscape plant, producing light pink flowers throughout spring, summer and fall. Like most “old roses,” Spice is at its best in an informal landscape setting.

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