The Rarest Roses from Around the World

Roses have long been celebrated for their beauty and symbolism in literature and poetry. They represent love, passion, and elegance, and their presence can transform any space. While a simple rose can work wonders, imagine the magic of finding rare varieties of this beloved flower. In this article, we will introduce you to nine of the rarest roses in the world, all of which are commercially available.

9. Papageno Rose

Papageno Rose
Papageno Rose is a rare two-toned variety with large blooms that measure 4-5 inches in diameter, boasting 26-40 delicate petals. The petals are red with off-white stripes and flecks, making each flower unique and perfect for cut arrangements. This rose was bred by Samuel Darragh McGredy IV in 1989 and introduced in New Zealand by McGredy Roses International. It requires temperatures above 10 °F and full sun to thrive.

Did you know? This rose is named after the character in Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute.

8. Claude Monet Rose

Claude Monet Rose
Claude Monet Rose is a vigorous, free-flowering plant with semi-double medium-sized flowers. Its blooms, ranging from 2 to 3 inches in size, showcase stunning pink, white, and yellow stripes and streaks. This variety adds a vibrant splash of color to any garden. Introduced in 1992 by Jack E. Christensen, its parentage remains unknown.

Did you know? Claude Monet Rose has a unique fruity fragrance with hints of vanilla, peach, lemon, and pear.

7. Rainbow Sorbet Rose

Rainbow Sorbet Rose
As a member of the floribunda class, the Rainbow Sorbet Rose is a cross between hybrid teas and polyantha roses. It stands out with its clusters of golden yellow petals and deep pink edges. The blooms range from 2 to 3 inches in diameter and are double to full. Rainbow Sorbet Rose was hybridized by Ping Lim and Jerry F. Twomey and introduced in the US in 2004.

Did you know? This rose is remarkably disease-resistant and winter-hardy, although it can be susceptible to black spots.

6. Osiria Rose

Osiria Rose
Osiria Rose
The Osiria Rose is highly sought after for its velvety texture and unusual coloration. Its petals are cherry red at the front and white at the base, creating a striking contrast. Each fully bloomed flower measures 4 to 5 inches in size and features 26 to 40 petals. This slow-growing plant requires special care, full sun, and protection from strong winds and heavy rains. It was hybridized by Reimer Kordes in 1978.

Did you know? Beware of online stores that showcase fake Osiria rose photos. Do your research to ensure you don’t fall for a scam.

5. Nostalgie Rose

Nostalgie Rose
Nostalgie Rose
Nostalgie Rose, also known as Rosa Nostalgie or Rose Nostalgia, features cream-white inner petals with cherry-red edges and fully red outer petals. This bi-colored beauty’s large blooms measure approximately 4-5 inches, containing 26 to 40 petals and an enticing moderate fragrance. Hans Jurgen bred this captivating rose in 1995, and it was introduced in Germany by Rosen-Tantau the following year.

Did you know? Don’t be fooled by online stores using fake Osiria rose photos to entice customers. Do your research to avoid disappointment.

4. Félicité Parmentier Rose

Félicité Parmentier Rose
Félicité Parmentier Rose is an old-fashioned variety with soft, delicate pale pink petals that fade to white at the edges. The small flowers, less than 2 inches in diameter, are cupped and bloom in tight clusters, boasting 40 or more petals. This rose thrives in full sun and moist, well-draining soil but can tolerate poor soil and some shade. It is an old hybrid bred by Louis-Joseph-Ghislain Parmentier before 1834.

Did you know? Félicité Parmentier roses can have up to an impressive 120 petals, giving them a distinctive look.

3. Hocus Pocus Rose

Hocus Pocus Rose
Hocus Pocus Rose
Hocus Pocus Rose is another captivating striped rose variety with a velvety texture and dark burgundy and lemon-yellow stripes. The fully bloomed flowers, containing 26 to 40 petals, measure 2-3 inches in size. This rose thrives in full sun and blooms in flushes throughout spring, summer, and fall. Although it is a rare breed, a single flower from Hocus Pocus Rose makes a stunning addition to any bouquet. W. Kordes & Sons discovered this rose in 2000, and it is a sport of Black Beauty, but not a stable one, meaning the yellow stripes may not always appear.

Did you know? A similar-looking rose called Abracadabra, also a sport of Black Beauty, was introduced by Kordes & Sons in 2002. Abracadabra is known to be more stable than Hocus Pocus.

2. Juliet Rose

Juliet Rose
Juliet Rose
Juliet Rose, also known as Sweet Juliet or Rosa Juliet, is one of the rarest roses in the world. With its distinctive, full-cupped petals, this medium-sized rose ranges from 2 to 3 inches in bloom size, comprising 40 or more petals. Its delightful refreshing fragrance and small clusters of blooms make it truly captivating. The renowned British breeder David Austin hybridized Juliet Rose in 1989, naming it after Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Did you know? David Austin has developed over 200 varieties of exquisite English roses, most of which are heavily petaled and emit alluring fragrances, over the past 60 years.

1. Suntory Blue Rose Applause

Suntory Blue Rose Applause
Suntory Blue Rose Applause
The Blue Rose is the rarest in the world.
Blue roses have captivated mythologies, folklore, literature, and paintings for centuries. However, nature does not produce true blue roses because they lack the required blue pigment called delphinidin. In 2004, Suntory, in collaboration with Australian company Floeigene, successfully genetically engineered the Applause rose by introducing the blue pigment into white roses. The color of the petals is actually mauve or lavender. This breakthrough followed 13 years of dedicated research.

Did you know? Blue roses available in the market are typically artificially dyed. Blue dye is injected into the bark of the roots of white roses, resulting in blue petals.