Sunseeker Rose Rosa Sunseeker = 'Dicracer' (F/patio)

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


The Rosa Sunseeker, often referred to simply as the Sunseeker Rose, is a visually striking plant with a distinct appearance that captivates many garden enthusiasts. This particular variety of the timeless rose family features a lush, green foliage that provides an ideal backdrop for its vibrant blossoms. The leaves are glossy and have a classic rose leaf shape, contributing to the plant's overall vigorous look. The Sunseeker Rose is especially known for its flowers, which are full and double, offering a rich, layered petal structure that adds depth and texture. Each petal is soft to the touch, similar to the luxurious feel of velvet. The blooms exhibit a sunny palette, with colors ranging from deep golden yellows to lighter creamy hues, sometimes accented with pinkish or peach edges that suggest the soft blush of a sunrise. These roses exude a gentle fragrance that is subtly sweet and pleasing, capturing the essence of a warm, sunny garden in their scent. The fragrance can waft through the air on a calm day, inviting passersby to pause and enjoy the aroma. The flowers are often borne in small clusters that enhance their visual impact, making them a captivating sight when they are in full bloom. In summary, the Sunseeker Rose is a beautiful, fragrant plant with velvety, double flowers in shades of yellow and cream, complemented by healthy, glossy green leaves. It presents itself as a bundle of color and fragrance, exuding charm and warmth.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Sunseeker Rose, Patio Rose, Dicracer Rose

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Dicracer'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Rose Sunseeker, known commonly as the patio rose, is not considered toxic to humans. There is little risk associated with handling or ingesting this plant, and it generally does not cause any symptoms of poisoning. Although not poisonous, it is important to note that the thorns on roses can cause physical injuries like scratches or puncture wounds. If parts of any plant are ingested in large quantities, there could be potential for an upset stomach or an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.

    • To pets

      The Rose Sunseeker, commonly referred to as the patio rose, is not toxic to pets. Dogs, cats, and other animals can interact with this plant without risk of poisoning. Ingesting the roses might cause mild gastrointestinal upset due to the fibrous plant material, which can lead to symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea. However, these symptoms are generally not severe. The main concern with pets would be the physical harm from the rose's thorns, which can cause injuries or infections if they scratch or puncture the pet's skin.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet [60 cm]

    • Spread

      2 feet [60 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Low Maintenance: The Rosa Sunseeker is known for being easy to care for, requiring minimal effort beyond regular watering and occasional pruning.
    • Compact Growth: With its compact growth habit, it is well-suited for patio containers and small garden spaces.
    • Continuous Blooming: This variety of rose tends to flower repeatedly throughout the growing season, providing a long-lasting display of blooms.
    • Disease Resistance: It has been bred for improved resistance to common rose diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden, which are important for the environment.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: It adds visual interest to the garden with its attractive blooms and can serve as a focal point or complement other plants.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, the Rosa Sunseeker can tolerate periods of drought, making it suitable for various climates and reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Versatile Usage: Ideal for use in mixed borders, as a standalone plant, or in flower beds to create colorful garden arrangements.
    • Longevity: Roses are perennials, which means they can thrive for several years with proper care, providing long-term value for gardeners.

  • 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

    • Plant pigment extraction: The vibrant colors of Rosa Sunseeker's petals can be used for natural dyeing of fabrics or inks.
    • Garden art: Dried rose petals and leaves from the Rosa Sunseeker can be used to create natural art pieces or potpourri arrangements.
    • Floral waters: The petals can be distilled to make floral waters for use in homemade cosmetics or room fresheners.
    • Crafting: The strong stems and dried flowers can be incorporated into homemade wreaths, garlands, or other decorative items.
    • Culinary decoration: Fresh petals from the Rosa Sunseeker can be used to add an elegant touch to cakes and desserts.
    • Rosewater ice cubes: Freeze petals into ice cubes for a decorative and flavorful addition to drinks.
    • Photography prop: The roses can serve as a stunning photography prop to add a splash of color and natural beauty to photoshoots.
    • Educational tool: In gardening workshops, the Rosa Sunseeker can be a case study for pruning techniques or cultivation methods.
    • Symbolic plantings: Planting these roses in memory gardens as symbols of love, life, and remembrance.
    • Scented drawer liners: Dried petals can be placed in cloth bags to create natural, scented drawer liners.

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 variety of rose, the Rosa Sunseeker often symbolizes love, passion, and admiration, reflecting the classic meanings associated with roses in general.
    • Beauty: Roses are universally regarded as a symbol of beauty, both because of their appearance and fragrance, and the Rosa Sunseeker is no exception, often used to convey appreciation for beauty in various forms.
    • Friendship: While red roses typically symbolize romantic love, other colors like yellow can symbolize friendship and joy, which could be reflected in the Rosa Sunseeker depending on its coloration.
    • Elegance: The elegant form and sophisticated look of the Rosa Sunseeker convey a sense of elegance and grace, making it a symbol for these qualities.
    • Balance: The Rosa Sunseeker, with its well-formed flowers and even growth, can symbolize balance and harmony in life, much like the equilibrium found in nature.
    • New Beginnings: The blooming of any rose, including the Rosa Sunseeker, can symbolize new beginnings and the start of something beautiful, often associated with spring and new growth.

Every 2-5 days
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Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the patio rose, which is its most common common name, it's important to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant deeply once or twice a week, providing about 1 gallon of water each time, depending on weather conditions. During hot, dry periods, you might need to water every 2-3 days. In cooler or rainy spells, reduce the frequency. Ensure that the water penetrates deeply into the soil to encourage strong root growth rather than just wetting the surface.

  • sunLight

    The patio rose thrives in full sunlight, which means it should be placed in a spot where it can receive at least six hours of direct sun daily. Avoid locations that are too shaded, as this will compromise the plant's blooming potential. Morning sun is particularly beneficial because it helps dry dew from the leaves, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The patio rose is best kept in temperatures ranging from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures of around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but it should be protected from prolonged periods of freezing weather. Conversely, extremely high temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit can stress the plant, so provide afternoon shade or additional water during heatwaves.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning patio roses is crucial for maintaining their shape, encouraging new growth, and improving air circulation, which helps prevent disease. Prune in late winter or early spring, just as new growth begins, removing dead or weak canes and cutting back a third of the old growth. Pruning after the first wave of blooming has finished can encourage a new flush of flowers.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the patio rose "Rosa Sunseeker" should be rich in organic matter, well-draining, and slightly acidic to neutral with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A mix containing two-thirds loamy garden soil and one-third compost or well-rotted manure will provide the nutrients and drainage the roses require.

  • plantRepotting

    Patio roses like "Rosa Sunseeker" typically require repotting every two to three years. Choose a larger pot each time to accommodate root growth and refresh the soil to maintain nutrient levels and soil structure.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    "Rosa Sunseeker" roses do best in average outdoor humidity settings. While specific humidity levels are not strictly required, ensuring good air circulation around the plants helps prevent fungal diseases commonly seen in high humidity conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, regular water, and air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun, amend soil, water regularly, mulch.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Starting as a dormant bare-root plant or as seeds, the Patio Rose undergoes germination or awakening in early spring when the soil warms, provided it has been adequately watered and cared for. The next stage is vegetative growth where stems, leaves, and roots develop rapidly, taking advantage of the warm temperatures and increased sunlight. As the plant matures, it enters the flowering stage, typically in late spring to early summer, where buds form and eventually open into the characteristic roses of the 'Dicracer' variety. Following pollination, which may be facilitated by wind or pollinators, the plant can produce hips (fruit) that contain seeds, though many cultivated varieties like the Patio Rose are often sterile or propagated vegetatively. The plant then enters a period of senescence in late summer or fall; growth slows as energy is conserved for the dormant winter period. Finally, the cycle repeats itself the following spring, provided the Patio Rose is well-maintained through pruning and protection from harsh winter conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Rosa Sunseeker, commonly known as the 'Dicracer', is a type of miniature rose that is best propagated using the method of stem cuttings. This technique is generally performed in early summer when the plant has fresh, new growth that has not yet hardened, known as semi-hardwood. To propagate by stem cuttings, one selects a healthy, disease-free branch of about 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) in length, ensuring it has at least a couple of leaves or leaf buds. The bottom end of the cutting is dipped into rooting hormone to encourage root development, though this step is optional. Finally, the cutting is inserted into a pot filled with a mixture of potting soil and perlite or sand to ensure good drainage, with the soil kept moist until the cutting roots, which could take several weeks. Once rooted, the new plants can gradually be acclimated to outdoor conditions and will eventually grow into a new miniature rose bush bearing the same characteristics as the Rosa Sunseeker parent plant.