Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Leander rose

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah - November 

Common name Leander rose
Scientific name Rosa 'Leander'
Family  Rosaceae

Genus: Rosa - Latin - possibly from  an Etruscan form of Greek Rhodia, 'Rhodian', originating from Rhodes.

Cultivar: Leander - Named after the mythological Greek lover from Christopher Marlowe’s poem ‘Hero and Leander’.

Distribution Cultivated plant, not found in the wild
Native habitat Grows well in meadows and edges of woodlands, in rich soils.
Description Medium sized, apricot coloured flowers, a large well-rounded shrub, with shiny dark green foliage, typically 2 m x 2 m, strongly fragranced flowers.
Flowering/fruiting November through March


Rosarium of the Formal Garden


Rose cultivation began in ancient Babylonia and Assyria, and early garden roses were wild species and their natural forms and hybrids. Cultivation - the deliberate crossing of roses - began in the early 19th Century. The beautiful Rosa ‘Leander’ was bred by David Austin in England during 1982. Austin’s roses combine the forms and fragrances of old roses with the repeat flowering and vigour of modern roses. The blooms of ‘Leander’ have a delightful raspberry scent, in the Tea Rose tradition.

Throughout November you will be see blooms of many types of roses here at Mount Tomah. The Rosarium includes a variety of species roses, Heritage Roses, some modern shrub roses and different growth forms inter-planted with traditional rose 'companion' plants. Our horticulturists keep the use of chemical sprays to a minimum, preferring to use more natural methods such as soapy water sprays. This practice, combined with companion planting, helps encourage the predators of aphids. If you look closely at some of the buds, you may even see the small 'mummified' remains of aphids, hunted by predatory wasps.

Widely available at rose nurseries, and online.

Rosa-cv-Leander-Plant of the Month for the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Rosa-cv-Leander-Plant of the Month for the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden