Comparatively few of the hundred or more rose species found in the wild have contributed to the make up of present day garden roses. The principal parent species are :
Rosa gallica, R. moschata, R. fetschenkoana, R. canina, R. chinensis, R. gigantea, R. foetida and R. multiflora with significant sub-groups derived from R. arvensis, R. pimpinellifolia, R wichurana and R. rugosa.
The following Rose Groups have been selected because they form part of a chain of evolving types providing the backbone of the history of this popular garden flower.
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