Yesterday Rose Rosa 'Yesterday' (Poly/fcl)

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


The Rosa 'Yesterday' is a beautifully crafted rose with a cascading profusion of flowers that exude a delicate, nostalgic charm. Most recognizable by its blooms, this variety boasts a soft lilac to mauve hue, each petal blending harmoniously into a lighter center, creating a stunning gradient effect. The flowers are typically double in form, meaning they have multiple layers of petals, adding to their fullness and classic rose silhouette. These blooms emit a sweet, classic rose fragrance that is pleasantly noticeable when nearby, inviting you to lean in for a closer scent. As for their size, the individual flowers showcase a generous proportion, making them standout features in any garden display. Adding to the grace of this plant, the foliage is typically a glossy, deep green shade that provides an elegant backdrop to the lighter colored blooms. The leaves are characteristically shaped, with a somewhat leathery texture that contributes to their healthy, robust appearance. Throughout its blooming season, the Rosa 'Yesterday' carries an enchanting presence, with flowers that tend to nod just slightly on their stems, as if encouraging an intimate view. The overall impression of the plant is one of timeless beauty, a nod to the classic rose gardens, and a favorite among those who appreciate the sophisticated charm of traditional rose varieties.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Yesterday Rose, Antique Rose

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Yesterday'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Roses are not considered toxic to humans. In fact, some parts of the rose plant, such as the petals, are edible and are often used in culinary applications. There are no significant consequences related to ingesting roses, and they are generally considered safe for human consumption. However, it is always possible for individuals to have specific allergies or sensitivities.

    • To pets

      Roses are generally considered non-toxic to pets as well. While they are not a dietary staple and can cause mild gastrointestinal upset if ingested in large quantities due to the fibrous plant material, roses do not contain any known toxic principles that would cause severe poisoning or death in pets. However, the thorns on rose plants can cause physical injury if a pet tries to chew on the stems.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances garden aesthetics with unique lilac to mauve flowers.
    • Provides a continuous bloom cycle, offering prolonged visual interest.
    • Emanates a strong, sweet fragrance that can create a pleasant environment.
    • Attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Works well for cut flower arrangements, maintaining its form and color indoors.
    • Can be used as ground cover to control erosion and suppress weeds.
    • Ideal for borders, hedges, and garden beds due to its compact growth habit.
    • Offers a nostalgic presence in gardens, reminiscent of old-fashioned rose varieties.
    • Requires minimal maintenance once established, suitable for beginner gardeners.
    • Adaptable to a variety of soil types, ensuring broad garden application.

  • 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

    • Rosa 'Yesterday' petals can be used to naturally color cosmetics or homemade soaps, giving these products a gentle pink hue.
    • The rose hips, which are the fruit of the rose plant, can be used in potpourri blends for their subtle fragrance and attractive appearance.
    • Dried Rosa 'Yesterday' petals serve as a natural dye for textiles, offering a range of pink to light red colors depending on the mordant used.
    • The petals of the Rosa 'Yesterday' can be used to make rose water, which is commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine to flavor dishes.
    • Rosa 'Yesterday' flowers can be crystallized with egg whites and sugar to create edible decorations for cakes and desserts.
    • The essential oils extracted from Rosa 'Yesterday' can be used in aromatherapy to create a calming atmosphere in homes and spas.
    • Dried and crushed Rosa 'Yesterday' petals can be mixed with other dried botanicals to create natural confetti for weddings or parties.
    • Rosa 'Yesterday' petals can be incorporated into handcrafted paper, giving it a unique texture and appearance.
    • Used in candle making, Rosa 'Yesterday' petals can be added to the wax for decorative purposes or to lightly scent the candles.
    • The petals of this rose variety can be pressed and included in personal journals, greeting cards, or bookmarks as a decorative element.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Rose is often associated with love and romance in Feng Shui, so placing a Rosa 'Yesterday' in the southwest sector of your garden or home can enhance relationship luck and bring harmonious energies, as southwest is the direction of love and marriage.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: As a member of the rose family, Rosa 'Yesterday' symbolizes love. The classic association of roses with romance extends to this variety, which may evoke nostalgic feelings of love from the past.
    • Remembrance: The name 'Yesterday' itself suggests nostalgia and remembrance. Roses are often used to remember loved ones and significant memories.
    • Beauty: Roses are universally seen as symbols of beauty, and this particular rose, with its elegant blooms, epitomizes the grace and charm that roses represent.
    • Passion: The deep, rich colors of many roses are associated with intense emotions and passion, making them a common gift for romantic partners.
    • Mystery: The subtle hues and the unique fragrance of the Rosa 'Yesterday' can symbolize mystery, suggesting a depth of feeling or secret admirer.

Every 2-5 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late winter-early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Polyantha rose 'Yesterday', ensure the soil is kept evenly moist without being waterlogged. Water the rose deeply once a week, applying about 1 to 2 gallons of water each time, depending on the climate and soil conditions. During hot, dry periods, increase the frequency to twice a week. Always water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. Adjust the watering schedule based on rainfall; less water is needed during cool or rainy periods.

  • sunLight

    Polyantha roses such as 'Yesterday' require full sun to thrive. Plant them in a location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Morning sun is particularly beneficial as it helps dry dew from the leaves, reducing the risk of fungal infections.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Polyantha roses like 'Yesterday' enjoy moderate temperatures and can typically survive in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. They can withstand minimum temperatures down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit but prefer a range between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth. Avoid exposing the roses to extreme heat or cold, which can stress the plant and impact blooming.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Polyantha rose 'Yesterday' to maintain shape, remove dead or diseased wood, and encourage vigorous growth and blooming. The best time for heavy pruning is in late winter or early spring, just before new growth begins. Remove any broken or crossing branches and thin out the center to improve air circulation. Deadhead spent blooms throughout the growing season to encourage more flowers.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Yesterday Rose prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter; a mix of one-third compost, one-third garden soil, and one-third coarse sand or perlite is ideal. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, in the range of 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Yesterday Roses grown in containers may need repotting every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and provide room for root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Yesterday Roses do best in moderate humidity levels; outdoor ambient humidity is usually sufficient, whereas indoor roses may benefit from occasional misting.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, direct light and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun with rich soil and good drainage.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the 'Yesterday' rose (Rosa 'Yesterday'), begins with seed germination, although commercial cultivars are more commonly propagated via cuttings or grafted onto rootstocks. After rooting, the plant enters its vegetative growth phase where stems, leaves, and roots develop rapidly. As the rose matures, it transitions to the flowering stage, producing distinctive purple-pink blooms with a sweet fragrance throughout the growing season, which typically occurs in late spring or early summer. Once pollinated, these flowers can produce hips (seed pods). After the flowering stage, the plant enters a period of dormancy during colder months, conserving energy and resources. Year after year, the 'Yesterday' rose repeats this cycle, with proper care and pruning to ensure plant vigor and bloom production.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late winter-early spring

    • Propogation: Rosa 'Yesterday', commonly known as the Yesterday Rose, is typically propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. This is the most popular method due to its relative ease and effectiveness. Cuttings are best taken from the rose bush in late summer when the current season's growth has started to harden. Using a sharp, sterilized pruning shear, cut a 6 to 8 inch (15 to 20 centimeters) length of stem that includes at least two to three sets of leaves. The lower leaves are removed to expose the nodes, and the bottom end of the cutting is often dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root growth. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a well-draining soil mixture, ensuring at least one set of nodes is buried. The pot is kept in a warm, humid environment and out of direct sunlight until roots develop, which typically takes several weeks. Regular misting helps maintain humidity, but it is crucial to avoid overwatering to prevent rot.