Mutabilis (Large Shrub Rose)

mutabilis in bloom


Name: Mutabilis
Height: 4-10′
Width/Spread: 6′
Light: Sun; will tolerate partial shade
Evergreen/Deciduous: SE
Seasonal Interest: Spring to frost
Color/Feature: Single petals open sulfur yellow, changing through orange to a rich pink and finally crimson. Bronze color of new growth.
EarthKindTM: China
Maintenance: Prune back by 1/3 in late winter; remove spent blooms to promote more blooms in summer.
Botanical Name

& Comments:

Rosa ‘Mutabilis’
Introduced in 1894. Slight fragrance of musk but doesn’t last long. Common name is “The Butterfly Rose” because its blossom look like brightly colored butterflies. 3″ silky blooms. Locate at the back of a bed. Needs lots of room.


Learn about other water-wise roses for Lubbock County, courtesy of Lubbock Master Gardener Association.