English Rose Rosa Susan Williams-ellis = 'Ausquirk' (PBR) (S)

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


The Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis' is an exquisitely beautiful rose cultivar, characterized by its enchanting blooms and impressive visual appeal. The flowers of this rose plant typically display a pure, crisp white color giving them a classic and sophisticated look. The blooms may also have a delicate, silky appearance and are often filled with densely packed petals, forming a cupped or rosette shape. The petals themselves have a soft texture and may exhibit a hint of blush at the center, especially in the bud stage or during cooler weather. This subtle hint of color enhances the overall elegance of the rose. The blossoms can be quite abundant and are usually borne in clusters, which creates a striking contrast against the backdrop of dark green, glossy foliage. The leaves of the rose provide a lush background, with their slightly leathery and shiny surface, and are typically known for their disease-resistant qualities. Adding to the charm of the 'Susan Williams-Ellis' rose, the flowers emit a delightful fragrance. This scent is often described as having a classic rose perfume with a hint of a citrus or apple-like quality, which can vary in intensity but tends to be most potent on warm, sunny days. The overall form of the rose bush is quite bushy with numerous stems branching out, which helps to give it a full, rounded appearance. This makes it an attractive plant for a range of garden settings, from borders to rose beds, and can be particularly striking when planted in groups to create a floral display or as a stand-alone feature plant. In summary, the Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis' possesses an elegant blend of pure white blooms, rich green leaves, and an alluring fragrance that makes it an exquisite choice for any rose enthusiast or gardener looking to add a touch of classic beauty to their outdoor space.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      English Rose

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Ausquirk'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis', commonly known as the English Rose, is not known to be toxic to humans. These plants are generally considered safe and there are no well-documented cases of poisoning from ingesting parts of this plant for humans. However, as with many plants, individual allergies or sensitivities can exist, and it's always advisable to avoid consuming plant material that is not typically recognized as edible.

    • To pets

      The Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis', commonly known as the English Rose, is not considered toxic to pets. Dogs, cats, and other domestic animals can usually be around this plant without the risk of poisoning from ingestion. Roses are non-toxic, but it is still a good practice to prevent pets from consuming plants, as thorns can cause physical injuries and large amounts of ingested plant material might lead to gastrointestinal upset simply due to the ingestion of non-digestible matter.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4 feet (1.22 meters)

    • Spread

      4 feet (1.22 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Rosa 'Ausquirk' is known for its beautiful, fragrant white flowers which enhance the aesthetic of gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, benefiting the local ecosystem by supporting pollinator populations.
    • Low Maintenance: This variety of rose is bred to be disease resistant, reducing the need for chemical treatments and frequent care.
    • Long Blooming Period: Provides a long season of color and interest in the garden, from early summer until frost.
    • Hardiness: They are resilient plants that can survive in a variety of climates and conditions, making them suitable for many gardeners.
    • Versatility: Suitable for planting in borders, pots, or as cut flowers in floral arrangements.

  • 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

    • Pressed Flower Art: The blossoms of the Rose can be pressed and used to create intricate and beautiful works of art perfect for decoration or craft projects.
    • Botanical Dyes: Petals of the Rose can be used to produce natural dyes for fabric, yarn, and paper in delicate shades of pink and cream.
    • Scented Sachets: Dried rose petals can be enclosed in fabric sachets to create natural air fresheners for drawers and closets.
    • Floral Watercolor Inspiration: Artists often use Roses as a subject in watercolor paintings due to their varied and vibrant colors.
    • Culinary Garnishes: Edible Rose petals can be frozen in ice cubes or placed on cakes and desserts as elegant garnishes.
    • Botanical Perfumery: The fragrance-rich petals can be processed to create perfumes and scented oils.
    • Rose Petal Bath Salts: Crushed petals can be mixed with Epsom salts and essential oils to create a luxurious bath soak.
    • Candle Embedding: Rose petals can be embedded into homemade candles for an attractive appearance and subtle fragrance release as the candle burns.
    • Papermaking: The fibers from Rose stems can be included during the papermaking process for texture and decoration.
    • Homemade Potpourri: Dried petals and buds can be combined with other spices and dried plants to create fragrant potpourri blends.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The English Rose is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The English Rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: Roses are universally symbolic of love and passion, often associated with romance and intimate connections.
    • Beauty: Owing to its elegant form and arresting fragrance, the rose typically symbolizes beauty in its myriad forms.
    • Honor: A rose, especially a white one like the Susan Williams-Ellis rose, can symbolize honor and reverence, making it a fitting tribute for someone respected and admired.
    • Secrecy: Historically, roses were hung from ceilings of meeting rooms to ensure that what was said under the roses (sub rosa) was to remain confidential, hence symbolizing secrecy.
    • Devotion: Representing deep commitment, roses are often used to convey the message of loyalty and devoted love.

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

    The English Rose 'Susan Williams-Ellis' should be watered deeply and infrequently to encourage the roots to grow down deep into the soil. In general, watering once a week with about 1 to 2 gallons per plant should suffice, but this can vary depending on climate and soil conditions. During extremely hot or dry periods, water twice a week. The soil should be allowed to dry out somewhat between waterings. Avoid overhead watering to prevent leaf diseases, and water early in the day to allow any moisture on the leaves to evaporate.

  • sunLight

    English Roses like 'Susan Williams-Ellis' thrive in locations with full sun, getting at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. They perform best when they are planted in a spot that receives morning sun, which helps dry the dew on the leaves and prevents fungal diseases. Avoid placing them in full shade as this can lead to weak flowering and poor growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    English Roses like 'Susan Williams-Ellis' can tolerate a range of temperatures, but they grow best when the temperature is between 65°F and 75°F. They can survive minimum winter temperatures down to around 20°F but may need protection in colder climates. In extreme heat over 95°F, roses may experience heat stress, so providing some afternoon shade in hotter regions can be beneficial.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning English Roses like 'Susan Williams-Ellis' is essential to maintain their shape, encourage new growth, and improve air circulation. Prune in late winter or early spring when new growth begins, removing dead or weak canes and thinning out the center of the plant. Also, prune after the first flush of blooms to encourage another round of flowering. Pruning can be repeated annually or as needed throughout the growing season to remove faded flowers and deadwood.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis' is well-drained loam enriched with organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure. The ideal pH range for this rose is between 6.0 and 7.0. Ensure the soil offers good drainage to prevent root rot, which roses are particularly susceptible to.

  • plantRepotting

    Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis' typically does not require frequent repotting as it is a garden plant meant for outdoor planting. However, if grown in containers, it may need repotting every 2-3 years to replenish nutrients and prevent root binding.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis' tolerates average outdoor humidity levels well. While specific humidity requirements are not critical for roses, it's important that the site has good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, adequate water, and good air flow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun, fertile soil, water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis' ('Ausquirk') (S) begins its life cycle when seed germination occurs, although this plant is often propagated through cuttings to maintain its distinct characteristics. Following germination or root development in cuttings, the plant enters a juvenile vegetative stage, where it develops roots, leaves, and stems but does not yet flower. As it matures, it enters the flowering stage, producing creamy white blooms with a strong, pleasant fragrance typically from late spring to fall in repeated flushes. After pollination, which can be facilitated by insects like bees, the plant may produce hips (fruit) containing seeds that can disperse to give rise to new plants if conditions are favorable. Throughout its life, Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis' experiences periods of active growth in warm seasons and dormancy in winter, during which it conserves energy and may lose leaves in colder climates. The shrub can live for many years, with proper care extending its life through multiple decades, including regular pruning, which stimulates new growth and flower production.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-early summer

    • The Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis' is most commonly propagated by softwood cuttings, which is a method suitable for many roses. This process typically takes place in spring to early summer when new growth is still tender but mature enough to handle cutting. The cutting should be about 6 inches (approximately 15 centimeters) long with several leaves, and the bottom cut should be made at a 45-degree angle just below a leaf node. Remove the lower leaves, dip the cut end in rooting hormone for better results, and insert the cutting into a pot filled with a mix of moistened peat and perlite. The pot should then be covered with a plastic bag to maintain humidity and placed in indirect light until roots develop, which usually occurs in 4 to 8 weeks. After rooting, the new plant can be gradually acclimated to outdoor conditions before planting in its final location.