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Rosa × centifolia
Rosa centifolia foliacea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rosa
Species: R. × centifolia
Binomial name
Rosa × centifolia

Rosa × centifolia (lit. hundred leaved/petaled rose; syn. R. gallica var. centifolia (L.) Regel), the provence rose or cabbage rose or Rose de Mai is a hybrid rose developed by Dutch rose breeders in the period between the 1600s and the 1800s, possibly earlier. It is a complex hybrid bred from Rosa gallica, Rosa moschata, Rosa canina, and Rosa damascena (Huxley 1992); its exact hereditary history is not well documented.


Individual plants are shrubby in appearance, growing to 1.5-2 m tall, with long drooping canes and greyish green pinnate leaves with 5-7 leaflets. The flowers are round and globular, with numerous thin overlapping petals that are highly scented; they are usually pink, less often white to dark red-purple.

Cultivation and uses

R. × centifolia is particular to the French city of Grasse, known as the perfume capital of the world. It is widely cultivated for its singular fragrance -- clear and sweet, with light notes of honey and green earth. The flowers are commercially harvested for the production of rose oil, which is commonly used in perfumery.

Sylvia Plath mentions the cabbage rose in many of her earlier poems, such as The Thin People.

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Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Rosa centifolia


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Rosales
Familia: Rosaceae
Subfamilia: Rosoideae
Tribus: Roseae
Genus: Rosa
Species: Rosa centifolia


Rosa centifolia L.

Vernacular names

Deutsch: Zentifolie
English: Cabbage rose
Ido: Centifolio
Slovenčina: Ruža stolistá
Svenska: Hundrabladsrosor
Türkçe: Okka gülü, Sadberk gülü
中文: 狗蔷薇
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