Moyes Rose Rosa moyesii (S)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Moyes rose


Rosa moyesii, commonly known as Moyes Rose, is a deciduous shrub that is well-known for its striking and beautiful flowers. The plant's foliage consists of pinnate leaves with multiple leaflets that are typically bright green, lending a lush background that contrasts vividly with the blooms. The flowers of the Moyes Rose are one of its most captivating features; they flaunt an eye-catching deep red or crimson shade, which is quite unusual and striking against the greenery. These blooms are typically large and single, with a classic open shape that showcases a prominent cluster of golden yellow stamens at the center, adding to the visual appeal of the plant. The petals of the Moyes Rose are characteristically ovoid and slightly wavy at the edges, contributing to a somewhat ruffled look that enhances the natural charm of the flowers. After pollination, the plant produces equally attractive fruit, known as hips, which are bottle-shaped and provide a striking display of reddish-orange to scarlet hues in the fall, often persisting into the winter months. These hips are not only favored in ornamental gardening for their ornamental value but also serve as a food source for wildlife during the colder seasons. The Moyes Rose's growth habit presents a robust and upright form that gracefully arches as it matures, making it a favorite among gardeners for adding structure and a pop of color to garden spaces. The plant is popular not only for its visual attributes but also for its hardiness and resilience in various garden settings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Moyes Rose, Tibetan Rose

    • Common names

      Rosa moyesii Fernald, Rosa xanthina Lindl.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Rosa moyesii, commonly known as the Moyes rose, is not considered toxic to humans. Members of the Rosa genus, including the Moyes rose, are generally recognized as safe for human ingestion. In fact, some parts of roses, such as rose hips, are edible and even valued for their high vitamin C content. There are no commonly reported symptoms of poisoning from ingesting the Moyes rose, as it is not known to contain toxic substances harmful to humans in normal quantities.

    • To pets

      The Rosa moyesii, also referred to as the Moyes rose, is generally considered non-toxic to pets. Roses are not typically listed among plants that pose a threat to domestic animals such as dogs and cats. However, it is worth mentioning that the thorns of roses can cause physical injury if a pet were to chew on the stems or attempt to eat the plant. This could lead to punctures or cuts in the mouth or digestive tract. If a large amount of the plant material was ingested, it could potentially cause mild gastrointestinal upset as it may be difficult to digest, but toxicity from Moyes rose is not a concern for pets under normal circumstances.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-10 feet (1.8-3 m)

    • Spread

      4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 m)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Rosa moyesii, commonly known as Moyes Rose, is highly valued for its ornamental appeal due to its large, showy flowers and attractive red hips.
    • Landscape Diversity: It contributes to biodiversity in gardens and landscapes, attracting bees and other pollinators that are essential for a healthy ecosystem.
    • Wildlife Support: The hips of Moyes Rose serve as a food source for birds and small mammals during the fall and winter months.
    • Erosion Control: As a robust shrub, it can be used to stabilize soil and reduce erosion on slopes and banks.
    • Habitat Creation: It provides shelter and breeding sites for various species of wildlife when planted as part of a hedgerow or mixed shrub border.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its seasonal changes in foliage, blooms, and fruit, Rosa moyesii adds year-round interest to the garden.
    • Cultural Significance: Roses have a long history of symbolism and use in various cultures, making them a plant rich in heritage and lore.
    • Durable in Various Climates: It is known for its hardiness and ability to thrive in a range of temperate climatic conditions.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Source of vitamin C: Rosa moyesii fruit, also known as rose hips, are rich in vitamin C, which can help support the immune system.
    • Antioxidant properties: The plant's high antioxidant content, due to the presence of vitamin C and other compounds, might help in protecting cells from damage.
    • Anti-inflammatory effects: Some studies suggest that the rose hip extract from Rosa moyesii may have anti-inflammatory effects.
    • Skin health: Oil derived from the seeds of Rosa moyesii is sometimes used in skincare products for its hydrating and rejuvenating properties.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Rosa moyesii, commonly known as Moyes Rose, can be used in the creation of natural inks and dyes, due to the deep coloration of its flowers or hips, offering a sustainable option for artists and crafters.
    • The wood of the Moyes Rose can be utilized in small-scale woodcrafting, such as the creation of decorative objects or in marquetry, where its stems are incorporated into intricate designs.
    • Gardeners may use the thorny canes of Moyes Rose as a natural barrier to deter wildlife and pets from entering certain areas of their gardens.
    • The hips of Moyes Rose can be used in potpourri mixes to add a subtle fragrance and a rustic visual element to a room's decor.
    • Moyes Rose can be incorporated into educational programs to demonstrate plant breeding and hybridization techniques due to its distinct characteristics.
    • The flowers can be used to create eco-friendly confetti, which can be employed in celebrations and outdoor ceremonies as they are biodegradable.
    • Dried Moyes Rose petals can be woven into flower crowns or jewelry for a natural and whimsical fashion statement.
    • This plant can be used in landscape architecture, particularly in sustainable designs where native and resilient plants are important, as the Moyes Rose is suited to various climates.
    • The shape and pattern of Moyes Rose leaves can inspire designs and motifs in textile and wallpaper patterns in the field of home decor.
    • Beekeepers might plant Moyes Rose in or near apiaries as its flowers provide an excellent source of pollen and nectar, helping to support bee populations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Rosa moyesii, commonly known as Moyes Rose, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Moyes Rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love - As a member of the rose family, Rosa moyesii, commonly known as Moyes rose, frequently symbolizes love and romantic sentiment, capturing the universal association roses have with deep affection.
    • Beauty - Roses are widely recognized for their elegant and captivating blooms, and the Moyes rose, with its distinctive flowers, represents beauty and grace.
    • Honor - Just like many other roses, the Moyes rose can symbolize honor and reverence, often used in events and ceremonies to convey respect.
    • Mystery - The Moyes rose's unique coloration and origin can represent mystery or the mysterious, embracing the unknown qualities and rarity of this species.
    • Passion - The vivid and deep color of some Moyes rose varieties captures the intensity of passionate feelings and strong emotions.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-5 years
Spring to summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Moyes Rose, regular watering is key to maintaining health, especially during the first few years to establish a strong root system. These roses should be watered deeply once a week, providing about 1 to 2 gallons of water per plant during the growing season. In hotter, drier climates, you might need to water twice a week. During winter months or rainy seasons, you can reduce watering since the plant will require less. Always check the top inch of the soil for dryness before watering to avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    The Moyes Rose thrives best in full sunlight, which means at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day. An ideal spot would be an area that receives morning sunlight and is partially shaded during the hottest part of the afternoon. Consistent, direct light is crucial for this rose to produce its characteristic blooms and maintain healthy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Moyes Rose does well in a range of temperatures but prefers an average temperature between 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and can tolerate summer highs up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, prolonged exposure to temperatures outside this range can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Moyes Rose is essential to promote vigorous growth and bloom production. Prune in late winter or early spring, removing dead or weak branches, and shape the plant by cutting back a third of the previous year's growth. This helps to maintain an open structure for air circulation and encourages strong new shoots. Pruning after the first bloom cycle can also promote a second round of flowering.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Rosa moyesii, commonly known as Moyes Rose, thrives in fertile, well-drained loamy soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. A good soil mix for this plant would be one part garden soil, one part compost, and one part coarse sand. This mix ensures proper drainage while still retaining adequate moisture and providing nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Moyes Rose, being a shrub, doesn't typically require repotting as it is usually planted in the ground. If grown in a container, repotting should be done every 2-3 years to provide fresh soil and accommodate the growing root system.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Moyes Rose prefers moderate humidity levels, typical of outdoor environments. It is not particularly demanding in terms of humidity and adjusts well to the ambient humidity found in most temperate regions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Position Moyes Rose in a bright spot, avoid low light, ensure proper air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, ensure well-drained soil, mulch, and shelter from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Rosa moyesii, commonly known as Moyes Rose, starts its life cycle from a seed which germinates in early spring after a period of stratification, which involves exposure to cold to break dormancy. The seedling develops into a young plant with a primary root system and eventually produces true leaves. As the seedling matures into a bush, it forms a woody structure with stems, leaves, and thorns, and in the case of grafted plants, this stage is reached after the scion successfully joins with the rootstock. The mature Moyes Rose typically flowers in late spring to early summer, showcasing single or semi-double red to deep pink blooms that are fertile and attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers develop into bright red-orange, bottle-shaped hips (fruits) by late summer, containing several seeds that can disperse to produce new plants. Over time, the plant experiences a period of dormancy during winter, where growth slows down or stops until conditions become favorable again in spring, thus completing one life cycle and potentially living for several decades with proper care.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for Rosa moyesii, commonly known as Moyes Rose, is by hardwood cuttings. This is typically done in late fall or early winter after the plant has gone dormant. To propagate by this method, one selects healthy, mature stems from the current year's growth. These stems are cut into lengths of about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters), making sure each cutting has at least three buds. The bottom cut is made just below a bud, and the top cut is made above a bud to encourage growth. The cuttings are then planted in a well-drained soil mix, with two-thirds of the cutting buried underground and one-third above. This method is favored for its simplicity and effectiveness in producing new plants that are true to the parent in form and genetics.