Irene Watts Rose Rosa 'Irène Watts' (Ch)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rose 'Irène Watts'


Rosa 'Irène Watts' is a variety of rose that boasts a captivating appearance. This plant exhibits a lush, green foliage that provides a striking backdrop for its standout feature, the flowers. The blooms of Rosa 'Irène Watts' are renowned for their alluring beauty, characterized by a soft, delicate hue. Most often, the petals exhibit a gradient of color, fading from a deeper shade at the outermost edges to a lighter, more gentle color as they approach the center. The flowers themselves are rich and full, with multiple layers of petals that create a classic, rounded rose shape. Each petal's velvety texture invites touch, enhancing the plant's overall sensory appeal. The rose blooms exude a delightful fragrance that varies in intensity and can perfume the surrounding air, providing an olfactory treat to anyone nearby. Rosa 'Irène Watts' will typically produce numerous flowers throughout its blooming season, creating an impressive display that can be an eye-catching element in any garden. The blossoms are often held aloft by sturdy stems that emerge from among the glossy leaves, allowing the flowers to stand out even more. The overall aesthetic of the plant is one of elegance and charm, making it a popular choice for ornamental planting. Whether used for cut flowers, in garden beds, or as part of a landscaped border, Rosa 'Irène Watts' is a plant that reliably adds a touch of sophistication and beauty to its environment.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Irene Watts Rose, Climbing Irene Watts

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Irène Watts' (Ch)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name for Rosa 'Irène Watts' is rose. Roses are not considered toxic to humans. However, roses have thorns that can cause injury if not handled carefully. If someone were to ingest a significant amount of rose petals or leaves, they might experience mild stomach upset, but roses do not contain substances known to cause serious poisoning in humans.

    • To pets

      The common name for Rosa 'Irène Watts' is rose. Roses are generally considered non-toxic to pets. While ingesting roses should not cause serious illness, the thorns can cause injury or discomfort if a pet bites or swallows them. In some cases, ingesting parts of the rose could potentially lead to mild gastrointestinal upset, such as nausea or diarrhea, but roses do not contain substances that are highly toxic to pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet 4 inches (1.02 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet 6 inches (0.76 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Rosa 'Irène Watts' is known for its attractive blooms, adding aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The flowers provide nectar and attract bees and other pollinators, which are essential for a healthy ecosystem.
    • Emotional Well-being: The beauty and fragrance of Rosa 'Irène Watts' can contribute to a relaxing and pleasant environment, potentially improving emotional well-being.
    • Cultural Symbolism: Roses are often associated with love and appreciation, making this plant suitable for ceremonial and celebratory plantings.
    • Habitat Enrichment: Rosa 'Irène Watts' can offer shelter and food sources for various wildlife, enriching local biodiversity.
    • Durability: This particular rose variety is generally resilient and can thrive with proper care, offering long-term gardening satisfaction.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its blooming cycle, the plant provides visual interest throughout its flowering season, enriching the garden's seasonal dynamics.

  • 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: Rose petals from Rosa 'Irène Watts' can be sprinkled on desserts or salads to add a subtle floral aroma and an elegant touch.
    • Natural Dye: The petals of the rose can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, giving them a unique and gentle pink hue.
    • Bath Additive: Dried petals can be added to bathwater, providing a relaxing and softly fragrant bathing experience.
    • Potpourri: The dried petals can be used in potpourri mixtures to freshen up the home with a natural rose scent.
    • Floral Crafts: Petals and buds can be used in craft projects, such as making homemade soaps, candles, or paper with embedded petals.
    • Rose Water: The petals can be steeped in water to create rose water, which can be used in cooking, baking, or as a natural room freshener.
    • Wedding Confetti: Dried petals of Rosa 'Irène Watts' can be thrown as natural, biodegradable confetti at weddings.
    • Flower Preservation: The blooms can be pressed and preserved in glass frames or as keepsakes in books and diaries.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists may use the rose as a subject for painting, sketching, or photography, capturing its delicate form and color.
    • Companion Planting: Rosa 'Irène Watts' can be planted alongside other garden vegetables and herbs to attract pollinators and enhance biodiversity.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The rose is commonly associated with love and romance in Feng Shui. To enhance relationships, place pink roses like Rosa 'Irène Watts' in the Southwest area of your home or garden. Their gentle energy can help to attract love and create a harmonious atmosphere.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: As a member of the rose family, the 'Irène Watts' rose symbolizes love and affection, being one of the most universally recognized symbols of deep emotional attachment and romance.
    • Beauty: Roses are widely associated with beauty due to their delicate form and captivating fragrance, making them a symbol of both inner and outer attractiveness.
    • Honor: Given to recognize achievements or express respect, roses often represent honor and reverence in societal traditions.
    • Devotion: The rose, with its layered petals and enduring appeal, is frequently seen as a representation of deep devotion and commitment.
    • Mystery: The 'Irène Watts' rose, with its unique coloration, can symbolize mystery and the enchanting allure of the unknown.

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

    The common name for Rosa 'Irène Watts' is the rose. Roses should be watered deeply and directly at the base to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to diseases. During the growing season, water the roses at least once a week with 1 to 2 gallons per plant, depending on weather conditions and soil type. In hot, dry periods, watering frequency may need to increase to twice per week. Ensure the soil is moist but not waterlogged, as roses do not like to sit in water.

  • sunLight

    Roses thrive in locations with full sun, receiving at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Planting the Rosa 'Irène Watts' in a spot with morning sun is particularly beneficial as it dries the dew on the leaves, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. Avoid locations where buildings or other plants will cast shade on the rose for significant parts of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Roses prefer moderate temperatures and Rosa 'Irène Watts' is no exception. The ideal temperature range is between 65°F and 75°F. While they can survive in temperatures as low as 32°F, freeze damage can occur; it is also important to ensure that the roses do not get exposed to prolonged periods above 90°F, as this can cause heat stress to the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning roses is important to promote healthy growth, remove dead or diseased wood, and encourage flowering. For Rosa 'Irène Watts', prune in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Prune back to strong buds, remove any thin or weak canes, and shape the plant as desired. Deadheading, or the removal of spent flowers, should be done throughout the blooming season to stimulate more blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for a Rose 'Irene Watts' is well-draining loam with organic matter like compost and aged manure. Roses prefer a pH between 6.0 to 6.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Rose 'Irene Watts', a type of garden rose, is typically planted outdoors and does not require repotting like potted plants. Instead, it benefits from annual mulching and occasional rejuvenation by pruning.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Roses, including the 'Irene Watts' variety, are adaptable to average outdoor humidity levels and thus do not require specific humidity adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light, ensure good airflow, and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, rich soil, water deeply, and mulch annually.

    • Hardiness zone

      6-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Rosa 'Irène Watts', commonly known as Irene Watts Rose, starts its life cycle when a seed germinates or more commonly, when a cutting from another plant takes root. It enters a vegetative stage, where it grows stems, leaves, and roots as it becomes an established plant. Once mature enough, it enters the flowering stage, typically in late spring to early summer, where it produces fragrant, multicolored blooms that attract pollinators. After pollination, these flowers may produce hips containing seeds that can be dispersed, leading to new plants if conditions are right. Outside of the main blooming season, it enters a period of dormancy in colder months, conserving energy for the next growing season. Throughout its life, the Irene Watts Rose will continue to grow and produce new stems and blooms in a cycle, given proper care and pruning to promote healthy development.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Rosa 'Irène Watts', commonly known as a type of Old Garden Rose, can be propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings. The ideal time to take cuttings is late summer to early fall, when the stems are mature enough but not overly woody. Simply cut a length of stem about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) long, making sure it contains several sets of leaves. Remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting, and optionally treat the cut end with a rooting hormone to encourage root development. Then, insert the cutting into a well-draining soil mix, ensuring at least two sets of leaf nodes are underground. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, and within a few weeks to a couple of months, the cutting should root and can be transplanted once established.