Heathcliff Rose Rosa Heathcliff = 'Ausnipper' (PBR) (S)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rose [Heathcliff]


Rosa Heathcliff = 'Ausnipper' (PBR) (S) is commonly referred to as a rose. This plant is renowned for its sumptuous, deeply cupped flowers that have a beautifully romantic appearance. The blooms display rich crimson hues, imparting an air of classic elegance and sophistication. Each flower is densely packed with numerous petals, contributing to their lavish and full look. These petals have a velvety texture that tempts one to reach out and touch them. As this rose matures, the blooms may show hints of a purple undertone, adding to their depth and complexity. The foliage of Heathcliff is a lush, deep green, providing a striking contrast to the vivid red of the flowers. The leaves are glossy with a leathery feel, contributing to the overall robustness of the rose's appearance. This plant often produces its blooms in clusters, which adds to the stunning visual impact of the bush when it is in full flower. The overall appearance of Rosa Heathcliff is one of traditional charm mixed with a powerful presence, due to the intensity of the flower color and the opulent form of its blooms. Its allure is further enhanced by the fragrance the flowers emit, which is rich and evocative, often described as having hints of old rose scent, mixed with a touch of cedar wood.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Heathcliff Rose.

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Heathcliff'= 'Ausnipper' (PBR) (S).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name of Rosa Heathcliff = 'Ausnipper' (PBR) (S) is rose. Roses are not considered toxic to humans. In general, ingesting parts of roses, including petals, leaves, and hips, is not harmful and does not result in poisoning. They are sometimes even used in culinary practices, such as in making rose water or garnishes. However, roses are not typically consumed in large quantities, and it is always advisable to be cautious with plants that have been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.

    • To pets

      The common name of Rosa Heathcliff = 'Ausnipper' (PBR) (S) is rose. Roses are not toxic to pets, including dogs and cats. Ingesting parts of a rose plant is generally not harmful to pets and should not result in poisoning. The most significant risk would be the potential of mechanical injury from the thorns if pets were to chew on the stems. Nonetheless, it is important to prevent pets from ingesting flowers or plants that have been treated with pesticides or other potentially harmful chemicals.

  • 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

    • Attractive Blossoms: The Rosa 'Heathcliff' has beautiful, deep crimson flowers that can enhance the visual appeal of any garden or landscape.
    • Pleasant Fragrance: The roses emit a strong and delightful old rose fragrance, adding a sensory experience to the garden.
    • Pollinator-Friendly: Roses are known to attract bees and other beneficial pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Long Blooming Period: This variety of rose typically has a long flowering season, providing consistent beauty throughout the growing months.
    • Disease Resistance: Bred for improved resistance to common rose diseases like blackspot and rust, ensuring healthier plants with less maintenance.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Rosa 'Heathcliff' can be used in various landscaping designs, including borders, hedges, and as standalone features.
    • Hardiness: This plant is known for its hardiness, capable of withstanding the challenges of different climates and conditions with proper care.

  • 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

    • Rose petals can be used to infuse vinegar, adding a floral note to salad dressings and marinades.
    • Dried rose petals can contribute to potpourri mixtures, offering a long-lasting and natural fragrance to a room.
    • Crushed rose petals can serve as a natural blush or lip color, giving a light pink hue when applied.
    • Roses can be used in crafting homemade paper, embedding petals into the paper for a decorative touch.
    • Fresh rose petals are edible and can adorn desserts, such as cakes and pastries, for an elegant garnish.
    • Rose petals can be sewn into small sachets and placed in drawers to give clothes a fresh, floral scent.
    • Fresh roses can be frozen into ice cubes to create visually striking additions to beverages.
    • Rose petals can be used to make natural dyes for fabrics, yielding hues of pink and purple depending on the preparation.
    • When woven together, roses can form a part of a floral crown or headpiece for weddings and special events.
    • A rose bloom can be pressed and framed, serving as a form of botanical art or as a way to preserve a special moment.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The rose is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love and Admiration: As a member of the rose family, the Heathcliff rose commonly symbolizes love and admiration. The deep, rich colors of this variety suggest a profound and enduring affection.
    • Beauty: Roses have long been associated with beauty both for their elegant form and their captivating fragrance, signifying that the receiver is also beautiful to the giver.
    • Mystery: Named after a complex character in literature, the Heathcliff rose may evoke a sense of mystery or enigma.
    • Passion: The deep red and burgundy hues often found in Heathcliff roses are traditionally linked with passion and romantic devotion.
    • Tragic Love: The rose's namesake, Heathcliff from Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights," represents intense and sometimes tragic love, which this rose can also symbolize.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late winter to early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The English Rose 'Heathcliff' should be watered deeply and less frequently to encourage strong root development. Water the plant once a week with about 1 to 2 gallons of water, ensuring that the soil is thoroughly moistened. During the hot summer months, watering frequency may need to increase to twice a week. Conversely, cut back on watering during cooler months or rainy seasons to prevent waterlogging. It's pivotal to avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of leaf diseases; instead, direct water to the base of the plant.

  • sunLight

    The English Rose 'Heathcliff' thrives in a location that provides full sunlight for a minimum of six hours per day. Ideally, it should be planted in a spot that enjoys morning sunlight and is sheltered from the intense afternoon sun. Adequate light is crucial for blooming and overall health, so a spot that offers bright, direct sunlight is optimal for this rose variety.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The English Rose 'Heathcliff' is hardy and can withstand a range of temperatures, faring well in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 10. It prefers a temperature range of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth but can survive minimum winter temperatures down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid planting in areas where temperatures might exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit as extreme heat can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the English Rose 'Heathcliff' is crucial for maintaining its shape, encouraging air circulation, and promoting vigorous blooming. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased stems and thin out the center to open up the plant. Additionally, cut back remaining canes by about one-third to one-half to stimulate robust new growth. Deadheading, or removing spent flowers, should be done throughout the blooming season to encourage further blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Heathcliff roses thrive in well-draining loamy soil enriched with organic matter. Ideal pH is between 6.0 and 7.0. Mix compost or well-rotted manure into the soil for nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Heathcliff roses, grown in pots, should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to replenish the soil and accommodate root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Heathcliff roses prefer average outdoor humidity levels and do not require specific humidity control.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure ample light and good air circulation for indoor Heathcliff roses.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sunny spot with well-draining soil and space for growth.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Rosa 'Heathcliff' begins with seed germination, which occurs when the environmental conditions are favorable, usually in spring. The sprouted seed develops into a seedling with few leaves, which will eventually establish a root system. As the plant matures, it enters the vegetative stage, growing leaves, stems, and thorns, and increases in size and strength. Once mature enough, the 'Heathcliff' rose enters the flowering stage, producing buds that bloom into fragrant, deep crimson flowers typically from late spring to fall, attracting pollinators. After pollination, flowers develop into hips (fruit) containing seeds, allowing for propagation and genetic diversification. The plant will enter dormancy during the cold winter months, reducing metabolic activity until the next growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late winter to early spring

    • Propogation: Rosa Heathcliff, commonly known as 'Ausnipper', is typically propagated through the use of cuttings. This popular method involves taking a cutting from a mature, healthy plant during its dormant phase, which usually occurs in late winter or early spring. The chosen stem should be about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) long and have several sets of leaves. The bottom set of leaves is removed, and the cut end is often dipped in a rooting hormone to encourage growth before it is planted in a moist potting mix. The pot is then placed in a warm, bright location, avoiding direct sunlight, until roots have developed and new growth is evident, indicating successful propagation.