Looking for Thornless Roses? View this list of beautiful roses without thorns, (prickles) including climbing roses that are thornless.
Smooth Touch Thornless Series, as well as several beautiful varieties of the David Austin English Roses, make growing roses without thorns possible.
If you've ever tried to trim a heavily thorned rose bush, you know what a luxury it is to grow ones without thorns!
Note; See the stem pictured to the right. Stems are smooth, with no thorns.
This is a Zephrine Drouhin that I planted last year to replace one I lost. (I just love this rose!)
The Smooth Touch Thornless Rose Series was developed by a man named Harvey Davidson back in 1962. He accidentally discovered a thornless rose in his breeding stock, while trying to develop a disease resistant variety. This hobby breeder named the lovely and very floriferous apricot colored rose "Smooth Sailing". Thus, this Series of thorn-free roses were born! They are 95-100% thornfree.
See the list below: All these roses begin their name with "Smooth" Angel Ballerina Buttercup Delight Destiny Dream Friendship Harmony Heart of Gold Lady Lillipop Memories Moonlight Perfume Prince Queen Romance Ruby Red Serenity Silver Moon Snowflake Splendour Velvet
This company in Australia sells these roses, so if you are within shipping distance... have a look!
If not, I have heard that sometimes "Lowes" the building Center offers them for sale.
A Shropshire Lad Rose is one of the David Austin English roses that are thornless.
Climbing and Rambling Roses that are thornless or nearly Thornless include:
James Galway Climber , Mortimer Sackler , Snow Goose , The Generous Gardener Climbing Rose , Veilchenblau , Zephirine Drouhin (pictured)
List of shrub roses with no thorns!
A Shropshire Lad , Charles de Mills , James Galway , John Clare , Mortimer Sackler , R. Officinalis , R. Complicata , Tuscany Superb
If you are the gardener, you know what a task it can be cutting back canes that are covered in thorns, especially the climbers. Take a closer look at some of these smooth caned ones and judge for yourself how easy it would be to prune a rosebush without thorns!
A Bit of Christian Lore
There is a very old Christian Legend that maintains that roses did not have thorns until Adam sinned in the garden of Eden.
Why do Roses have Thorns?
The purpose of the thorns is unknown. Possibly to keep animals from eating the flowers. Deer certainly are not deterred by those thorns!
I personally grow the Zephirine Rose, (pictured above) and can tell you it is so easy to keep tying it up as it grows. No Thorns!
I hope you find this list of roses without thorns useful. If you grow any of these roses, won't you share a picture of it with us? We would love to see it!
Please submit your Thornless Roses photo(s) Here. Thanks for sharing!