Rosa ‘Mutabulis’ 1894
This rose illustrates one unique characteristic of China roses: their flowers actually darken with age instead of fading. The single petals of this rose open a sunny yellow, changing to apricot, pink and finally dark reddish pink. Often called the “Butterfly Rose”, in full bloom (which it frequently is) it looks like a crowd of butterflies have lighted on the bush. It fills the center of a bed in our garden and is usually the first plant visitors comment upon. Easily reaching 6ft X 6 ft., this rose needs room. Chosen as the 2005 Earth-Kind rose of the year by Texas AgriLife Extension Service for its drought tolerance, disease resistant and low maintenance requirements. Plant in full sun in well drained soil. Hardy in zones 6-9. Plants are shipped in 1 gallon containers.