PlantFiles Pictures: Species Rose, Primrose Rose (Rosa primula) by altagardener
Dan Pearson: ‘The incense rose, Rosa primula…this early, once-flowering rose is one of the first to bloom in April, with tiny buds opening to primrose yellow dog roses…Distinctive for its ferny foliage. This is sticky with essential oils that emit a musky smell on damp mornings or after a spring shower, which is redolent. of Catholic churches…needs light and air around it to do well.’ Disc. 1911, Samarkand
Yellow Incense Rose (Rosa primula) is a medium-sized shrub rose forming thin arching branches which bear early, small, single, soft-yellow flowers and incense-scented foliage.