Miniature Rose Rosa Anna Ford = 'Harpiccolo' (Min/patio)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
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The Rosa 'Harpiccolo', commonly known as Anna Ford (Min/patio), is a delightful rose variety with a captivating aesthetic. This rose is known for its vibrant, eye-catching flowers that provide a splash of color to any garden or patio setting. The flowers bloom with a beautiful hue, which is often a brilliant shade of a specific color, and they are typically rich in saturation, lending a sense of depth and vitality to the plant's appearance. The blossoms of the Anna Ford rose are well-formed, showcasing a classic rose shape that is both elegant and sophisticated. Each flower is composed of multiple layers of petals that unfurl gracefully as they mature, revealing a lush, full center that adds to the overall allure of each bloom. The petals have a velvety texture that is soft to the touch, further enhancing the plant's luxurious feel. Amidst the flowers, the foliage of the Anna Ford rose is also noteworthy. The leaves exhibit a lush green color, providing a lovely backdrop for the vibrant blossoms. They have a glossy sheen, catching the light and accentuating the overall health and vigor of the rose. The foliage is dense and abundant, contributing to the plant's bushy and verdant appearance. Structurally, the Anna Ford rose demonstrates a compact and neat growth habit, which makes it suitable for smaller spaces or as a decorative element in varied garden designs. The stems are sturdy, supporting the weight of the flowers well, and occasionally show the presence of thorns, a characteristic trait of many rose varieties. Overall, the Anna Ford rose embodies the timeless beauty of roses with its striking flowers and glossy green foliage, making it a charming and picturesque addition to any setting where an infusion of natural elegance is desired.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Anna Ford Rose

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Harpiccolo'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Miniature roses like the 'Harpiccolo' are not known to be toxic to humans. They are generally considered safe, and there are no well-documented symptoms or consequences associated with ingesting parts of this plant. Nonetheless, it's always prudent to avoid eating ornamental plants due to potential pesticide residues or other chemicals used in their cultivation.

    • To pets

      Miniature roses, including the 'Harpiccolo', are not considered toxic to pets. Pets, such as dogs and cats, that ingest parts of this plant should not experience poisoning symptoms. However, the thorns on roses could potentially cause mechanical injuries, such as scratches or punctures, to pets if they chew on the stems.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Compact Size: Suitable for small gardens, patios, and containers due to its dwarf nature.
    • Ornamental Value: Produces attractive, double, pink flowers that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of any garden.
    • Long Blooming Period: Offers a long season of color with its blooms often lasting from late spring to fall.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal pruning and care once established, making it ideal for busy gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has moderate drought tolerance, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Cold Hardiness: Capable of withstanding cooler temperatures, making it suitable for a variety of climates.
    • Potential Wildlife Attraction: May attract beneficial insects such as bees, which are important pollinators for the garden.

  • 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 the rose can be used to add color and a light fragrance to salads and desserts.
    • Natural Fabric Dye: Petals of the rose can be boiled to create a natural dye for fabrics with hues ranging from pink to orange.
    • Scented Sachets: Dried rose petals can be placed in small pouches to create natural scented sachets for drawers and closets.
    • Homemade Potpourri: Combined with other dried flowers and spices, rose petals serve as a beautiful and aromatic homemade potpourri.
    • Floral Bath Soaks: Rose petals can be added to bathwater for a relaxing and skin-softening soak.
    • Art and Craft Material: The petals and leaves can be used in various art projects, including pressed flower art or decoupage.
    • Rose Water Production: Rose petals can be distilled to create rose water, which can be used in cooking or as a fragrant linen spray.
    • Eco-Friendly Confetti: Dried rose petals are biodegradable and can be used as an eco-friendly option for celebratory confetti.
    • Floral Ice Cubes: Petals can be frozen into ice cubes to add elegance to beverages at special events.
    • Bug Repellent: Some people hang dried rose bunches or use sprays made from rose extracts to naturally deter moths and other insects.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The mini rose is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The mini rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: Perhaps the most universal symbolism associated with roses is love. The 'Harpiccolo' rose, like all roses, represents love and admiration. The color of the rose can further define the type of love it signifies.
    • Beauty: Roses are widely appreciated for their beauty, and this variety is no exception. It's often used to convey that the recipient is beautiful to the giver, both inside and out.
    • Timelessness: A rose can symbolize something eternal or timeless, such as the enduring nature of love or a relationship that withstands the test of time.
    • Balance: The 'Harpiccolo' rose, being a harmonious combination of leaves, thorns, and blooms, can represent balance in life, as well as the beauty and the pain that coexist in human experiences.
    • Honor: Giving a rose can be a way to show respect and honor someone's accomplishments or character.
    • Secrecy: Historically, roses were placed at the entrance of a room where confidential matters were discussed, symbolizing the secrecy of the conversations within.
    • Hope: A budding rose symbolizes new beginnings and hope for the future, making it an appropriate gift in times of new ventures or to offer encouragement.

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

    The Miniature Rose, which Rosa Anna Ford 'Harpiccolo' is classified as, requires consistent moisture to thrive. It's important to water deeply so that the water reaches the root zone. During the growing season, it typically needs about 1 gallon of water per week, but this can vary depending on climate conditions. Avoid overhead watering to prevent leaf diseases; instead, water at the base of the plant early in the day. In the hot summer months, you may need to water more frequently, while in cooler periods or rainy seasons, you may water less. It's crucial to ensure that the soil is well-drained to avoid waterlogging.

  • sunLight

    Miniature Roses like Rosa Anna Ford 'Harpiccolo' prefer full sun to partial shade. They perform best when they receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot would be one where morning sunlight reaches the plant, as this helps to dry dew quickly from the leaves, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. Avoid overly shaded spots where the plant won't receive enough light to produce vibrant blooms.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Miniature Rose 'Harpiccolo' tolerates a range of temperatures but thrives best within 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum winter temperatures down to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from extreme cold. The maximum temperature for healthy growth is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid placing your Miniature Rose in locations where it might experience temperature swings or cold drafts.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is essential for the health and appearance of a Miniature Rose such as 'Harpiccolo'. Prune in the early spring to remove dead or diseased wood and to shape the plant. Light pruning can be done throughout the growing season to encourage new blooms and maintain a compact form. The best time for major pruning is when the plant is dormant in late winter or early spring, just before new growth begins.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Miniature roses like Rosa 'Harpiccolo' thrive in well-draining soil with a mix of two parts loam, one part peat moss, and one part perlite or sand. Slightly acidic to neutral pH, between 6.0 and 7.0, is ideal for these roses.

  • plantRepotting

    Miniature roses such as the Rosa 'Harpiccolo' should be repotted every two to three years or when they outgrow their pots.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Miniature roses, like Rosa 'Harpiccolo', prefer average to slightly above average humidity levels but are adaptable to less humid conditions typical of outdoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure ample sun, good air flow, and proper watering for indoor Rosa 'Harpiccolo'.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-drained soil, and provide regular care for Rosa 'Harpiccolo'.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the 'Harpiccolo' miniature rose (Rosa Anna Ford) begins with seed germination, where seeds develop in the soil after pollination and fertilization have taken place, although propagation is more commonly achieved through cuttings to maintain the cultivar's characteristics. After germination or root establishment, the seedling or cutting enters a vegetative growth phase, producing stems, leaves, and roots. As the plant matures, it transitions to the flowering phase, producing characteristic small roses that may vary in color but typically exhibit the traits of the hybrid. Following pollination, the plant may produce hips (fruit containing seeds) if sexual reproduction is successful. Seasonal cycles often see the plant entering a dormancy period during colder months, where growth slows substantially or stops. Finally, after several years, which can vary widely in length depending on care and environment, the plant will reach the end of its lifecycle and die.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: The Rosa 'Anna Ford', known as the Miniature or Patio Rose, is commonly propagated through the method of softwood cuttings. This technique is often employed in late spring or early summer when the new growth is ripe enough that it snaps when bent, but not so hard that it is difficult to cut. To propagate, a grower would select a healthy, disease-free shoot and make a cut to obtain a section that is 4 to 6 inches long (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters). The base of the cutting should be snipped just below a leaf node, and the lower leaves are removed leaving a couple of leaves at the top. To encourage root development, the base of the cutting can be dipped in a rooting hormone powder. Then, the cutting is placed in a well-draining soil mix, ensuring that the soil is kept moist but not waterlogged. The environment should be kept humid, often by covering the cutting with a plastic bag or placing it in a propagator. Roots typically develop within a few weeks, after which the new miniature rose can be gradually acclimatized to less humid conditions and eventually transplanted outdoors.