Tea rose Rosa × odorata 'Pseudindica' (ClCh)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
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The China Rose 'Pseudindica' displays an intricate beauty that is as compelling as it is delicate. This plant is characterized by its lush, green foliage that serves as a backdrop to its standout feature, the flowers. These blooms take on a blend of pink hues that can vary in depth and intensity, often presenting themselves in softer pastel tones that can deepen to a more pronounced pink with subtle gradations. The petals are numerous and may appear almost ruffled, providing a full and rounded look to each individual flower. They are known for their exceptional fragrance, which is typically rich and can carry a hint of a sweet and spicy aroma, much to the delight of gardeners and passersby. The plant may produce these charming flowers throughout its blooming seasons, usually with several blossoms clustering together to create an enchanting display. It is loved for both its striking visual appeal and the pleasant scent that can fill the air around it.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Bermuda Rose, Pallida, Tea Rose

    • Common names

      Rosa chinensis var. spontanea, Rosa gigantea, Rosa × odorata var. gigantea, Rosa × odorata nothovar. gigantea.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name for Rosa × odorata 'Pseudindica' (ClCh) is China Rose. China Rose is not known to be toxic to humans. Generally, roses are considered non-toxic and do not pose a threat if ingested in small quantities. However, the plant's thorns can cause physical injury if not handled carefully.

    • To pets

      The common name for Rosa × odorata 'Pseudindica' (ClCh) is China Rose. China Rose is not considered toxic to pets. Roses are typically safe for pets, and there is no known toxicity associated with ingesting the petals or leaves. However, caution should be exercised due to the potential physical harm from the thorns, which can cause injuries to curious pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 feet (1.83 meters)

    • Spread

      4 feet (1.22 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Rosa × odorata 'Pseudindica', commonly known as the China Rose, has attractive flowers that enhance garden aesthetics and add color and beauty to the landscape.
    • Garden Ecosystem Support: The flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, supporting biodiversity within the garden.
    • Fragrance: The China Rose is known for its pleasant fragrance, which can create a delightful sensory experience in gardens and outdoor spaces.
    • Cultural Significance: The China Rose holds historical importance in horticulture and has been used in plant breeding, giving rise to many modern rose cultivars.
    • Outdoor Recreation: Growing and caring for roses like the China Rose can be a fulfilling hobby, promoting relaxation, and providing a way to engage in outdoor recreational activities.
    • Educational Value: Gardeners can learn about plant care, propagation, and breeding techniques through the cultivation of the China Rose.
    • Culinary Use: Although the medicinal properties are excluded, the petals of some roses are used in culinary practices for flavoring or garnishing, adding an aesthetic touch to dishes.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Culinary garnish: The petals of Rosa × odorata 'Pseudindica' can be used to add color and a light floral flavor to salads and desserts.
    • Floral crafts: The flowers can be dried and used in potpourri, wreaths, or other dried flower arrangements for decoration.
    • Natural dye: Petals can provide a natural dye for fabrics, giving them a gentle pink hue.
    • Perfumery: The fragrance of the flowers can be used in making perfumes or scented oils.
    • Flavoring in beverages: Petals can be infused to make floral teas or flavored water.
    • Bath additive: Dried petals can be added to bath water for a luxurious and fragrant bathing experience.
    • Candle making: The scent can be captured in candle making to bring the rose aroma indoors.
    • Floral water: Steam distillation of the petals can produce rose water for culinary or cosmetic use.
    • Wedding confetti: The petals can serve as biodegradable and aromatic confetti at weddings.
    • Art supplies: Pressed flowers can be used in art projects, including botanical illustrations and handmade paper creations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Chinese rose is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Chinese rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: The Rosa × odorata 'Pseudindica' (ClCh), commonly known as the Old Blush China Rose, is often associated with love, as roses in general have been a traditional symbol for expressing deep affection and romantic feelings.
    • Beauty: This rose, with its elegant form and delicate blush pink petals, represents beauty and the appreciation for the aesthetic. It reflects the idea that beauty can be found in the simplest of things.
    • Charm: The Old Blush China Rose symbolizes charm and gracefulness. Its irresistible beauty and pleasant scent have charmed people for centuries, making it a symbol of captivating allure.
    • Eternity: The perennial nature of this rose, with its recurrent blooming, represents eternity and the timeless nature of true love or principles that last through the ages.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Old Blush rose should be watered deeply and infrequently to encourage strong root growth. It's best to water this rose bush early in the morning, using about 1 to 2 gallons of water per plant at each watering session. During the growing season, water the plant once a week, making adjustments for rainfall or high temperatures, which might increase the plant’s water needs. In particularly hot or dry weather, check the soil moisture depth with your finger; if the top 2 inches of soil are dry, it’s time to water. During the winter, reduce watering significantly, but do not allow the soil to become completely dry.

  • sunLight

    The Old Blush rose thrives in full sun, requiring at least six hours of direct sunlight each day for optimal growth and flowering. The ideal spot for this plant is in a location where it can receive morning sunlight, which helps dry the dew on the leaves and thus reduces the risk of fungal diseases. Avoid overly shaded areas, as insufficient light can lead to poor blooming and weak growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Old Blush rose performs best in temperate climates with temperatures ranging between 70°F and 90°F during the growing season. It is cold-hardy and can survive minimum winter temperatures down to about 10°F, but prolonged exposure to extreme cold may damage the plant. Ideally, maintain a temperature range that does not exceed 90°F for extended periods, as excessive heat can stress the roses.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Old Blush rose is essential to maintain its shape, encourage new growth, and improve air circulation amongst the branches, which can help prevent disease. Prune in late winter or early spring, removing dead or weak branches and cutting back about one-third of the previous year's growth to stimulate strong, healthy canes. Deadheading, or removing spent flowers, can be done throughout the blooming season to promote continuous flowering.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Roses should be rich with organic matter, well-draining, and have a pH between 6.0-7.0. A blend of one-third each of topsoil, compost, and coarse sand or perlite is ideal for Roses.

  • plantRepotting

    Roses should generally be repotted every 2 to 5 years, or when the root system outgrows the container, to promote healthy growth and blooming.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Roses prefer moderate humidity levels around 40-60%; too high humidity can increase the risk of fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, adequate water, and regular feeding for Roses.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, full sun, and protect from extreme weather.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Rosa × odorata 'Pseudindica' (ClCh), commonly known as the Old Blush China Rose, begins its life cycle as a seed, which upon finding the right conditions of soil, temperature, and moisture, will germinate and sprout. The seedling then grows into a young plant, developing a strong root system and foliage through the vegetative stage. As it matures, the plant enters the flowering stage, producing fragrant pink blooms that attract pollinators, thus facilitating cross-pollination. Following pollination, the flowers develop into rose hips (fruits) containing seeds, which when dispersed, have the potential to grow into new plants. After flowering, the plant goes into a period of dormancy, especially in regions with colder winters. Throughout its lifetime, which can span several decades, the China Rose will experience cycles of growth, blooming, and dormancy, perpetuating its species through both vegetative propagation and seed production.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagation for the Rosa × odorata 'Pseudindica', commonly known as the China Rose, is through cuttings. This can be done in late spring or early summer when new growth is lush and green. A 6 to 8-inch (15 to 20 cm) stem cutting should be taken from a healthy, disease-free bush, making sure the cutting has a few leaves and at least two or three nodes. The bottom of the cutting is usually dipped in rooting hormone to increase the chances of successful root development. Afterwards, the cutting is planted in a well-draining soil mix and kept in a humid environment with indirect sunlight. Maintaining consistent moisture without waterlogging the soil is crucial for the cutting to form roots and eventually grow into a new plant. The surrounding temperature should ideally be around 70°F (about 21°C) for optimal rooting.