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Short-styled Rose

Rosa stylosa

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Deciduous shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Gardens, hedgerows, parks, scrub, woodland.

White, 5 petals
Flowers can be pink or white. The tips of the petals are slightly notched. There are many yellow stamens in the centre of the flower.
The fruit is an egg-shaped, red, rose hip.
Greyish-green, pinnate leaves. The toothed leaflets are dark green and pointed very sharply. The stem thorns are triangular in shape.
Other Names:
Burmese Rose.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Other Information


Rosa stylosa, also known as the Burmese rose, is a species of rose native to Southeast Asia, including Myanmar (Burma), China, and Thailand. It is a deciduous shrub that typically grows to around 3-5 feet tall and wide. The leaves are dark green, and the flowers are small, single and typically pink or red in color. The flowers are followed by small red fruit, known as hips.

It is hardy in USDA zones 8-10. It is tolerant of a wide range of soils and can tolerate full sun or partial shade. It is a popular ornamental shrub in cultivation for its attractive foliage and flowers, and it is often used for hedging or in mixed shrub borders. They require regular watering and fertilizing, and they should be pruned annually to promote healthy growth. It is also prone to pests and diseases, such as blackspot and powdery mildew, so it is important to regularly check for and treat these issues. Its flowers are also used in traditional medicine and it is considered as an ornamental plant in many parts of the world.


Rosa stylosa, also known as the Short-styled Rose, is a beautiful species of rose that belongs to the Rosaceae family. This stunning flower is native to the Middle East and is known for its distinctive fragrance, vibrant color, and compact size. In this blog, we'll explore more about this beautiful rose and what makes it so special.

Appearance and Characteristics

Rosa stylosa is a small, deciduous shrub that typically grows up to a height of 1.2 meters. The leaves of this rose are dark green, and the flowers are small, measuring around 2.5 cm in diameter. The petals of the flower are pink to purple in color and form a delicate rosette shape. The flower's center is filled with golden yellow stamens that add a touch of brightness to the bloom. One of the most distinctive characteristics of this rose is its short style, which gives the flower its name.

Cultivation and Care

Rosa stylosa is a hardy plant that can be grown in a variety of conditions. It prefers well-draining soil and full sunlight to grow, but it can also tolerate partial shade. This rose is drought-resistant and can thrive in hot and dry climates. However, it is susceptible to powdery mildew, so it is important to keep the plant's foliage dry and well-ventilated.

One of the best things about this rose is that it doesn't require a lot of maintenance. It should be pruned annually to keep the plant compact and encourage new growth. You can also deadhead the flowers as they fade to promote additional blooms throughout the growing season.


The Short-styled Rose has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, primarily in the treatment of skin conditions. The petals of the flower can be used to make a fragrant and soothing tea that is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to its medicinal uses, Rosa stylosa is also a popular ornamental plant that is grown for its beauty and fragrance. The flowers can be used in floral arrangements, or the shrub can be grown as a hedge or border plant.

More Information

The Short-styled Rose is an important plant in the world of horticulture and plant breeding. Its short style and other characteristics make it a valuable genetic resource for breeders looking to create new rose varieties with unique features. The Short-styled Rose has been used in breeding programs to create new hybrid tea roses, floribundas, and miniatures. These new varieties have a wide range of flower colors, fragrances, and growth habits, all thanks to the genetic diversity provided by Rosa stylosa.

In addition to its horticultural and medicinal uses, the Short-styled Rose has also played an important role in culture and art. The rose has been a symbol of love and beauty for centuries, and its image has been used in paintings, poetry, and other artistic works. In Persian culture, Rosa stylosa is known as the "gol-e-mohammadi," or the "rose of the Prophet Muhammad," and is considered a symbol of love, purity, and devotion.

Unfortunately, like many other plant species, the Short-styled Rose is threatened by habitat loss and over-harvesting. Efforts are being made to protect this species and preserve its genetic diversity for future generations. In the meantime, gardeners and flower enthusiasts can continue to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of this unique rose in their own gardens and homes.

In conclusion, the Short-styled Rose, Rosa stylosa, is a beautiful and unique species of rose that is well-loved by gardeners, horticulturists, and flower enthusiasts around the world. Its distinctive fragrance, striking color, and compact size make it a valuable genetic resource for plant breeding and a popular ornamental plant for gardens and homes. The Short-styled Rose has played an important role in culture and art, and efforts are being made to protect and preserve this species for future generations to enjoy.

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