Gypsy Boy Rose Rosa 'Zigeunerknabe' (S)

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


The Rosa 'Zigeunerknabe', also commonly known as the Gypsy Boy rose, is a striking plant with an alluring appearance. The Gypsy Boy rose is characterized by its sumptuous flowers that have a velvety texture and a deeply captivating dark crimson hue, often with a touch of purple that can vary with climate and soil conditions. These blooms are large and full, with numerous petals swirling inward to create a classic old-world rosette shape. The flowers are typically richly fragrant, exuding a strong, sweet scent that can fill the air around the plant. The foliage of the Gypsy Boy rose is equally attractive. The leaves are a glossy, lush green color, providing a beautiful contrast to the dramatic tones of the flowers. The rose bush itself has a bushy and well-branched habit, with stems that are often adorned with sharp thorns. The plant produces these lovely roses recurrently throughout its blooming season, which adds to its charm and makes it a favorite among gardeners who seek continuous color in their landscapes. The Gypsy Boy rose is admired for both its aesthetic qualities and its hardiness, often being grown as a standout specimen in gardens or as part of a larger mixed border where its rich colors contribute to a visually stunning display. As the seasons change, the plant continues to provide interest as the flowers may shift in color intensity and the foliage remains robust, until it prepares to rest for the season.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Gipsy Boy, Zigeuner Knabe

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Gypsy Boy', Rosa 'Zigeuner Knabe', Rosa 'Tzigane'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as the Gypsy Boy rose is not considered toxic to humans. Roses are generally recognized as safe and are not known to contain any substances that are poisonous upon ingestion. Therefore, there should not typically be any symptoms of poisoning in humans from consuming parts of the Gypsy Boy rose, such as petals or leaves. However, it is always recommended to exercise caution and avoid ingesting plant material that is not intended for culinary use.

    • To pets

      The Gypsy Boy rose is not known to be toxic to pets. Though roses themselves are not poisonous to animals such as dogs and cats, it is important to note that the thorns can cause physical injury if a pet attempts to chew on the stems. While ingestion of rose petals or leaves is unlikely to cause poisoning, the thorns can lead to cuts or punctures in the mouth or digestive tract, which might warrant medical attention. However, toxicity resulting from ingesting the plant itself should not be a concern for pet owners.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Rosa 'Zigeunerknabe', commonly known as the Gypsy Boy rose, boasts striking blooms that enhance the beauty of any garden space.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers provide nectar, attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects that aid in pollination.
    • Emotional Wellbeing: The vibrant blooms and pleasant fragrance of the Gypsy Boy rose can contribute to stress reduction and overall emotional wellbeing.
    • Landscaping: With its attractive and vibrant flowers, it's perfect for use in ornamental landscaping to create visually appealing garden designs.
    • Habitat Creation: When planted outdoors, it can contribute to creating habitats for a variety of small wildlife and insects.
    • Eco-Friendly: As a plant, it participates in carbon sequestration, hence contributing to a healthier environment.
    • Educational Value: Gardening with roses such as the Gypsy Boy can provide educational opportunities about plant care and horticulture.

  • 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

    • Artistic inspiration: Often utilized for its aesthetic appeal, the Rose can serve as a muse for painters and photographers, capturing its deep colors and romantic associations in their art.
    • Bath additives: Petals of the Rose can be added to bathwater for a luxurious, fragrant soak, providing a relaxing and soothing experience.
    • Floral jewelry: Delicate Rose petals or small Rose buds can be incorporated into handmade jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, or bracelets, often preserved in resin.
    • Gastronomic creations: Edible varieties of the Rose can be used to infuse sugars, make syrups, or as garnishes for desserts and cocktails, adding a subtle floral flavor and decorative touch.
    • Aromatic sachets: Dried Rose petals can be placed in small cloth sachets to naturally scent drawers, closets, or even cars with their natural fragrance.
    • Eco-friendly confetti: Biodegradable Rose petals are an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional paper confetti for celebrations such as weddings and parties.
    • Natural dye: The deep pigments of Rose petals can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, yarns, or even Easter eggs.
    • Bookmarks: Pressed Rose flowers can be laminated or placed within the pages of a book to create a unique and personal bookmark.
    • Plantable gifts: Rose seeds or seedlings are often shared between gardeners and plant enthusiasts as a symbol of friendship and to promote gardening.
    • Crafting potpourri: A mixture of dried Rose petals and other fragrant leaves and spices can be assembled to create a decorative and scented potpourri for the home.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Rosa 'Zigeunerknabe', commonly known as the Gypsy Boy rose, can be used in Feng Shui to enhance love and romantic luck due to its lush and vibrant blooms which symbolize love, passion, and relationship harmony. Planting it in the southwest corner of your garden can strengthen relationships and invite new love into your life.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Gypsy Boy rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: As a rose, the 'Zigeunerknabe', commonly known as the Gypsy Boy Rose, represents love, one of the most universal and traditional meanings attributed to roses.
    • Beauty: The rose is often associated with beauty, reflecting its visually appealing and elegant form.
    • Mystery: The unique name 'Gypsy Boy' adds a touch of mystery and intrigue to the rose, suggesting a depth of story or origin.
    • Passion: Roses are widely recognized symbols of deep passion and romantic desire.
    • Devotion: The longevity and resilience of roses contribute to their symbolism of devotion and enduring affection.

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

    The Rosa 'Zigeunerknabe', commonly known as the Gypsy Boy Rose, should be watered deeply once a week, allowing the soil to slightly dry out between waterings. During the active growing season in spring and summer, water should be applied directly to the soil to avoid wetting the leaves and potentially causing diseases. An established Gypsy Boy Rose typically needs about 1 gallon of water per plant during each watering session, depending on the soil type and weather conditions. During hot, dry spells, increase the frequency to twice a week. During the winter, watering can be reduced as the plant requires less moisture while dormant.

  • sunLight

    The Gypsy Boy Rose thrives in full sun conditions, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to perform best. Planting it in a spot that gets unobstructed sunlight throughout the day will ensure healthy growth and abundant flowering. Avoid planting in heavily shaded areas, as this will reduce flowering and may make the plant more susceptible to diseases.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Gypsy Boy Rose does well in a range of temperatures but prefers consistent temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive winter temperature dips down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but it should not be exposed to hard, sustained freezes without protection. The ideal growing conditions are moderate temperatures without extreme heat or cold, as this can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Gypsy Boy Rose in late winter or early spring, when new buds begin to swell, to remove dead or damaged wood and shape the plant. Pruning encourages vigorous growth, improves air circulation, and leads to better flowering. Aim to remove about one-third of the old growth each year, cutting back to an outward-facing bud. The best time for pruning is just as the plant is coming out of dormancy, but before it has started putting out significant new growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    For the Gypsy Boy Rose, use a well-draining soil mix containing organic matter like compost and aged manure, with added perlite or sand to improve drainage. The ideal soil pH is between 6.0 and 6.5 to ensure nutrient availability.

  • plantRepotting

    Roses like Gypsy Boy typically do not need to be repotted frequently as they are usually grown outdoors. If grown in containers, they can be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when they outgrow their current pot.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Gypsy Boy Rose thrives best in outdoor conditions where the humidity level is not a significant concern. However, maintaining average air humidity will contribute to their health and bloom.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure ample light, consistent watering, and air flow for indoor Gypsy Boy.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sunny spot with rich soil and good drainage for Gypsy Boy.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Rosa 'Zigeunerknabe', commonly known as Gypsy Boy Rose, starts its life cycle when a seed germinates in suitable conditions of soil, temperature, and moisture. It progresses to the seedling stage where the first shoots and leaves emerge. As it enters the vegetative stage, the plant develops a strong root system and lush foliage. The Gypsy Boy Rose then reaches maturity and enters the flowering stage, which is characterized by the blooming of its deep violet to crimson flowers, typically from late spring to fall, if provided with enough light and nutrients. After pollination, often with the help of insects, the plant produces hips (fruit) containing seeds for the next generation. In temperate regions, the plant goes through a period of dormancy in winter, where growth slows down significantly, before restarting the cycle in spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Rosa 'Zigeunerknabe', commonly known as the Gypsy Boy Rose, can be propagated most popularly by softwood cuttings. This method is typically conducted in late spring or early summer when new growth is mature enough to be firm yet still pliable. To propagate by softwood cuttings, a gardener would cut about a 6 to 8-inch (15 to 20 centimeters) piece of healthy stem that has at least three sets of leaves. The bottom set of leaves is removed, and the cut end dipped into rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then placed in a well-draining soil mix, ensuring the leaf node where the leaves were removed is buried as this is where new roots are most likely to form. The cutting should be kept moist and in indirect sunlight until roots develop, after which it can be transplanted into the garden or a larger pot. This method is favored for its simplicity and effectiveness, allowing gardeners to create new plants that are true to the parent's characteristics.