Rose Rosa York Minster = 'Harquest' (F)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Rosa 'Harquest'


The Rosa York Minister, commonly known as a rose, is a flowering plant renowned for its beauty and elegance. Its appearance is characterized by a lush display of blooms, which are often vibrant and possess a classic rose form. The blossoms are rich in color, typically exuding hues that can range from soft pastels to deep, saturated tones. Each bloom is composed of numerous delicate petals that are soft to the touch and may display a velvety texture. In addition to the striking flowers, the rose plant features glossy, green foliage that provides a lush backdrop for the blooms. The leaves are often oval-shaped with a pointed tip and have a slightly leathery texture. They are arranged alternately along the plant's canes, creating a full and verdant appearance. The rose has thorns, or prickles, which are typically found along the stems. These prickles help protect the plant from herbivores and can vary in size and frequency. The stems of the rose are strong and can support the weight of the blooms, allowing them to be displayed prominently. Throughout the blooming season, the rose plant can present a showy display of flowers, each with a distinct and pleasing fragrance. The aroma can be sweet and intoxicating, often contributing to the rose's overall sensory appeal. Roses are a quintessential addition to many gardens and landscapes due to their stunning appearance and the burst of color and scent they provide.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      York Minster Rose

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Harquest'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as the rose is not considered toxic to humans. In general, roses are not poisonous and do not typically cause serious symptoms if ingested. However, it should be noted that rose plants have thorns that can cause injury if handled improperly, and some people might have allergic reactions to rose petals, pollen, or fragrance. Ingestion of large quantities of rose hips (the fruit of the rose plant) could potentially lead to gastrointestinal discomfort or laxative effects due to the high vitamin C content and fiber.

    • To pets

      Roses, which are the common name for the plant in question, are not toxic to pets. Both cats and dogs can usually tolerate small amounts of the plant without any serious risk of poisoning. The main hazard comes from the thorns, which can cause injuries to an animal's mouth or paws if they attempt to chew or walk on the stems. As with humans, pets may also experience mild gastrointestinal upset if they consume a large number of rose leaves or petals, but serious toxicity is unlikely.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4 feet (1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances Garden Aesthetics: The Rosa York Minster, also known as the English Rose, adds classic beauty to gardens with its stunning blooms and traditional rose form.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Its vibrant flowers serve as an attraction for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Aromatic Scent: English Roses are renowned for their delightful fragrance, contributing to a sensory garden experience.
    • Long Flowering Period: The English Rose often has an extended blooming season, providing garden interest for a longer duration than many other plants.
    • Versatility: They can be grown in various settings, including borders, flower beds, and containers, making them a flexible choice for many garden designs.
    • Cut Flower Use: With sturdy stems and beautiful blooms, the Rosa York Minster is an excellent choice for creating floral arrangements and bouquets.
    • Cultural Symbolism: Roses are steeped in history and symbolism, representing love, beauty, and often national identity, adding a layer of cultural significance to the garden.
    • Improves Mood: The presence of beautiful flowers like the English Rose can have a positive effect on an individual's mood and overall well-being.

  • 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

    • Artistic Inspiration: The Rosa York Minster's vibrant blooms and rich fragrance inspire painters and poets, often serving as a muse for creative works.
    • Color Dyeing: Petals of the Rosa York Minster can be used in the natural dyeing process to impart a soft pink hue to fabrics and yarns.
    • Culinary Garnish: The petals are edible and can add a splash of color as a garnish for desserts and salads.
    • Homemade Potpourri: The scented petals can be dried and mixed with spices to create fragrant potpourri for freshening up living spaces.
    • Educational Resource: The plant can be part of botanical studies in schools or educational programs, educating students on plant growth and horticulture.
    • Floral Jewelry: Fresh or dried petals can be incorporated into handcrafted jewelry, such as earrings or pendants, for a natural touch.
    • Photography Subject: With its striking appearance, the Rosa York Minster is an excellent subject for photography enthusiasts looking to capture the beauty of nature.
    • Social Events: The rose can be featured in plant shows and competitions, showcasing its beauty and competing for titles.
    • Crafting Material: Petals and stems can be used in DIY crafting projects like making rose-scented candles or natural soaps.
    • Composting: After the roses have wilted, they can be added to a compost heap to help create nutrient-rich soil for gardens and landscapes.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The rose is often used in Feng Shui for its ability to attract love, create a sense of peace and harmony, and enhance personal relationships. Place roses in the southwest sector of your garden or home to boost romance and emotional connections.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: Roses are universally symbolic of love and passion, with varying colors expressing different nuances of love.
    • Beauty: The rose, with its elegant form and exquisite petals, is often associated with aesthetic perfection and grace.
    • Honor: In certain historical contexts, roses have been used to symbolize honor and reverence, as well as to recognize achievement.
    • Devotion: The rose's association with love also extends to deeper feelings of loyalty and fidelity.
    • Secrecy: Traditionally, a rose hanging over a meeting table indicated that all discussions should remain confidential (sub rosa).

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to early summer
  • water dropWater

    The York Minster rose, also known as the 'Harquest' rose, should be watered deeply once or twice a week depending on the climate and soil type, ensuring the soil is kept moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, provide about 1 to 2 gallons of water per plant each week, adjusting for rainfall. In hot, dry periods, you might need to water more frequently, whereas in cooler, wetter weather, watering can be reduced. It's best to water early in the morning to reduce evaporation and help prevent diseases.

  • sunLight

    The York Minster rose thrives best in full sunlight, meaning it should receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for this plant is in an open area away from large trees or buildings that could cast shade and reduce the intensity of sunlight the rose receives throughout the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The York Minster rose can tolerate a range of temperatures, but it performs best when daytime temperatures are between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, but ensure that they have good cold weather protection. Ideal growing conditions are achieved in temperate climates without extreme cold or heat.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the York Minster rose in late winter or early spring, just as new growth begins, to promote healthy growth and vibrant blooms. Remove any dead or diseased wood, and thin out the center to improve air circulation. Cut back the remaining canes to about one-third of their height, focusing on shaping the plant and encouraging open, outward-facing buds. Annual pruning is essential to maintain the plant’s vigor and flowering capacity.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the Rosa 'York Minster' (commonly known as Rose) is well-draining loam with organic matter like compost and aged manure. It prefers a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Roses, including the Rosa 'York Minster', are not typically repotted as they are outdoor plants. Instead, they may require transplanting every few years if conditions necessitate.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Roses, like the Rosa 'York Minster', are generally tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and do not have specific humidity requirements.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in sunny spot. Water deeply. Ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, enrich soil, mulch, and water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The English Rose 'York Minster' ('Harquest') begins its life cycle as a dormant bare-root plant or a potted specimen with young stems and leaves. It progresses to a vegetative stage as it develops a robust root system and foliage during spring. The flowering stage follows, usually in late spring to summer, when buds develop into fragrant, full-petaled blooms that may continue in flushes until the fall. After the peak blooming period, the plant enters a maintenance phase where old flowers are deadheaded to encourage more blooms and maintain plant health. As temperatures cool in autumn, the plant’s growth slows, and it begins to prepare for dormancy by dropping leaves and ceasing flower production. During winter, the rose lies dormant and conserves energy, awaiting the return of warmer temperatures to begin the cycle anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • The Rosa York Minster 'Harquest', commonly known as a garden rose, is typically propagated through softwood cuttings. This popular method is generally performed in late spring or early summer when new growth is plentiful, and the stems are mature enough to handle cutting yet still tender. To propagate by this method, select a healthy, non-flowering shoot and make a cut just below a leaf node, so the cutting is about 6 inches (15 centimeters) in length. Remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting, dip the cut end in rooting hormone to encourage root development, and then insert it into a pot filled with a mix of half peat and half perlite or sand to ensure good drainage. The pot should be kept under greenhouse conditions or covered with a plastic bag to maintain high humidity. With consistent moisture and care, roots will typically develop within several weeks, ready to be gradually acclimated to less humid conditions and eventually planted out.