Miniature Rose Rosa Little Bo-peep = 'Poullen' (PBR) (Min/patio)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
rose [Little Bo-peep]


Rosa Little Bo-Peep, commonly known as a miniature rose or patio rose, is a charming plant known for its compact growth habit and decorative qualities. The plant is adorned with lush green leaves that provide a backdrop for its captivating blooms. The foliage tends to be glossy with an intense green hue, adding to the overall vibrancy of the plant. The roses themselves are often the most eye-catching feature. The blooms are usually full and rounded, emitting a subtle fragrance that can be enjoyed when standing close. The petals can vary in color, often showcasing soft pastel shades that may include pinks, whites, or yellows. Each flower typically has multiple layers of petals, which creates a classic, cupped or ruffled shape reminiscent of traditional roses. These miniature roses retain the general appearance of their larger counterparts, with each bloom bearing the same intricate details and delicate textures. The buds start out as small, tightly closed promises of color, which then unfurl into the gorgeous, recognizable rose blossoms. As the flowering season progresses, the plant can become a tapestry of blooms, each one neatly perched on its own stem. These clusters of flowers not only create a visually stunning display but also offer a continuous bloom throughout the season, often from late spring until the first frost. Despite omitting the specifics of the plant's size, it is worth noting that these types of roses are bred to be more manageable and suited for container gardening or for placement in smaller garden spaces where traditional roses might be overwhelming. Rosa Little Bo-Peep is a delightful addition to any garden, patio, or outdoor area where it can be appreciated for its ornamental beauty and restrained elegance.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Little Bo-peep Rose, Poullen Rose.

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Poullen'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Rose, in general, is not considered toxic to humans. There may be some discomfort from the mechanical injury provided by thorns if handled improperly, but ingestion of rose petals or leaves typically does not result in poisoning. Therefore, this variety, being a Rose, would not be expected to exhibit toxicity upon ingestion and should not cause poisoning symptoms in humans.

    • To pets

      Similarly to humans, the Rose is generally not toxic to pets. While the thorns may pose a risk of injury, the ingestion of rose petals, leaves, or even rosehips is usually not harmful to animals. This specific variety of Rose should not cause any toxic effects or poisoning symptoms if ingested by pets. However, as with any non-food plant, ingestion in large quantities might cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting or diarrhea due to the fibrous plant material.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot 6 inches (45.72 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot 6 inches (45.72 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Compact Growth: Ideal for small gardens, patios, or containers due to its miniature and contained growth habit.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal pruning and care, making it suitable for busy gardeners or those with limited gardening experience.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: Offers charming pink blooms that can enhance the visual appeal of any garden setting.
    • Continuous Blooming: Often re-blooms throughout the season, providing a longer display of flowers compared to some other roses.
    • Hardy Plant: Generally resilient to a variety of climates and can withstand colder temperatures once established.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers can attract bees and other beneficial insects, supporting the local ecosystem.
    • Disease Resistance: Bred for improved resistance against common rose diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew.
    • Gift Plant: Due to its petite size and pretty flowers, it's an excellent gift for special occasions like Mother’s Day or anniversaries.
    • Scented Blooms: The flowers emit a light fragrance, adding a sensory dimension to gardens or outdoor spaces.
    • Versatile Landscaping: Can be used in various landscaping designs, from borders and edgings to standalone features in pots.

  • 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

    • Crafting Natural Dyes: Rose petals can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, papers, and other craft materials, offering a range of colors from soft pink to deep purples depending on the process.
    • Floral Bath Salts: Petals of the rose can be mixed into homemade bath salts to add a touch of luxury and a soothing aroma to bath time.
    • Rose Water Cooking Ingredient: The aromatic water distilled from rose petals can add a floral note to desserts and pastries like pudding, cakes, and baklava.
    • Homemade Potpourri: Dried rose petals can be combined with other dried flowers and spices to create a fragrant potpourri that can freshen up any room.
    • Rose-infused Oils: By steeping rose petals in oils, one can create a scented oil that can be used for massages or as a moisturizer for skin and hair.
    • Natural Confetti: Biodegradable and more environmentally friendly than paper or plastic confetti, dried rose petals can be used at celebrations like weddings and parties.
    • Edible Cake Decorations: Fresh or crystallized rose petals can be used to decorate cakes and add an elegant, edible touch to dessert presentations.
    • Garden Mulch: When fallen or pruned, rose petals and leaves can be used as a natural mulch which decomposes to enrich the soil with nutrients.
    • Herbal Smoking Blends: Dried rose petals can be included in herbal smoking blends for their pleasant aroma and non-toxic properties when seeking a tobacco alternative.
    • Rose Petal Jam: The petals can be cooked into a delicate rose petal jam that pairs well with scones, pastries, and other teatime treats.

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: As a member of the rose family, the Little Bo-peep rose symbolizes love. The rose is universally recognized as a symbol of romance, affection, and deep emotional connections.
    • Admiration: The delicate appearance of the Little Bo-peep rose can express admiration and charm, often given to show appreciation for someone's beauty or grace.
    • Innocence: The petite size and gentle hue of the Little Bo-peep rose may represent innocence and purity, recalling the simple joys of childhood and untainted love.
    • Friendship: Roses, depending on the color, can also be symbolic of friendship and joy. A Little Bo-peep rose could be used to celebrate a special bond or to bring cheer to a friend.
    • New Beginnings: Roses are often associated with new beginnings and are used to celebrate significant life events such as weddings, anniversaries, or the start of a new journey.

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

    The Miniature Rose 'Little Bo Peep' should be watered deeply but infrequently, encouraging the roots to grow deeper into the soil for moisture. Typically, watering once a week with about 1-2 gallons of water is sufficient, but this may need to be increased during hot, dry weather. The soil should be allowed to dry out somewhat between waterings but should never become completely dry. It's essential to avoid overhead watering to prevent foliage diseases; instead, water at the base of the plant. During the winter, when the plant is dormant, reduce watering but do not let the roots dry out completely.

  • sunLight

    Miniature Roses, including 'Little Bo Peep,' thrive in areas where they can receive six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for this rose is in a location that offers morning sunlight, which helps dry the dew on the leaves, therefore, reducing the risk of diseases. They should be planted in a place that is sheltered from the hot afternoon sun, which can be too intense, especially in warmer climates.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Miniature Rose 'Little Bo Peep' prefers a temperature range between 60°F and 70°F for optimal growth. It can survive minimum temperatures down to about 20°F but should be protected from frost to prevent damage to the plant. During the hot summer months, it’s important to ensure the rose doesn’t overheat, especially when temperatures exceed 90°F. Providing some afternoon shade can help protect the plant from excessive heat.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Miniature Rose 'Little Bo Peep' is important for maintaining its shape, encouraging new growth, and improving air circulation. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring, just as the plants begin to show new growth. Remove any dead or diseased wood, any crossing branches to open up the center of the plant, and trim back about one-third of the previous year's growth to promote healthy, robust blooms. Pruning is typically done annually.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the miniature rose, more commonly known as Miniature Patio Rose, is a blend of well-draining potting mix with added compost and perlite for aeration. The soil pH should ideally be between 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Miniature Patio Roses should generally be repotted every two to three years or when they outgrow their current containers, using fresh potting soil to replenish nutrients.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Miniature Patio Roses prefer moderate humidity levels, ideally between 40% to 60%, to thrive without issues of mold or mildew.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Miniature Patio Rose by a sunny window, ensuring at least 4-6 hours of light.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in a sunny spot with well-draining soil and regular watering.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Rosa 'Little Bo-Peep' begins its life cycle as a dormant bare-root plant or potted specimen when first planted into the garden or a container. As spring arrives, new shoots emerge from the rootstock or base of the plant, followed by the development of pinnate leaves and buds. The buds then open to reveal the characteristic small, often fragrant flowers which can range in color depending on the variety, typically peaking in bloom during late spring to early summer. After pollination, possibly involving insects or wind, the flowers may develop into small, hard fruits called hips, which contain seeds that can be dispersed by wildlife or used for propagation. As autumn approaches, the plant begins to enter dormancy; the leaves may change color and drop, and the plant conserves energy for the winter months. In subsequent years, the Rose 'Little Bo-Peep' repeats this annual cycle, with proper care potentially leading to increased vigor and more abundant blooms as the plant matures.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Rosa 'Little Bo-Peep', also known as a miniature rose, can be propagated most effectively through softwood cuttings. This is typically done in late spring or early summer when new growth is still flexible but has started to harden slightly. To propagate, a gardener would cut a stem about 4-6 inches long with several leaves, dip the cut end into a rooting hormone, and then insert it into a pot filled with a mixture of perlite and peat moss. The cutting should be kept under high humidity, either in a greenhouse or under a plastic cover, and in bright, indirect light. Over the course of several weeks, roots will develop, and once they've become established, the young plant can be transplanted into its final location.