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'Rose Review' Series Color: White & Cream David Austin roses Disease resistance: Average Disease resistance: Good Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: light - medium Highest rated roses by gardeners worldwide Rose: Shrub rose Shrub size: Medium (4 ft)

Crocus Rose Review | David Austin 2000

Crocus rose

29 USD

Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerance of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Extremely floriferous
  • Quite healthy
  • Attractive shrub
  • Very hardy


  • Variable color
  • Light fragrance (not 'strong')





English shrub Rose – bred by David Austin

David Austin

Large clusters of charming, creamy white, rosette-shaped blooms. Delightful tea rose fragrance. Free-flowering. Graceful, bushy growth. A very robust and free-flowering rose, bearing large cupped flowers of a palest apricot colouring, paling to cream on the outer petals. These are cupped at first; the petals later reflexing back to form beautiful rosettes, which eventually pale almost to white. The blooms are produced very freely, held in large clusters, elegantly poised on slightly arching stems. They have a delightful tea rose fragrance. Forms a graceful, healthy, well-rounded shrub. The growth is bushy, upright and vigorous. Position this rose toward the middle or back of the border.

The Right Roses:

David Austin introduced Crocus rose in 2000. He named this rose after The Crocus Trust, which “firstly promotes research into colorectal cancer, its causes, prevention, treatment and care, to relieve persons suffering from colorectal cancer, and to relieve those persons, their families and acquaintances by the provision of the improvement of access for earl diagnosis and counselling and secondly to advance the education of the public, including medical practitioners, in all aspects of colorectal cancer”. However, it was removed from register on 25 July 2006.

Crocus is an outstanding and reliable workhorse. The reliability of Crocus is extremely critical for every garden.


Crocus is an outstanding and reliable workhorse

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Crocus rose: The pros

Crocus is among the highest rated roses in the US because of the following four strengths. Indeed, the longer you have Crocus in your garden, the better you like it.

First, Crocus is extremely floriferous. It is a generous giver. Always there. Always producing and giving. Crocus is so floriferous that sometimes you even find it quite boring. We cannot emphasize the importance of this characteristic enough. Its blooms may not be the most beautiful one. However, its ability to produce a large number of blooms is really something you need in the summer. Its blooms are large in size (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12 cm) as well. It is hard to say anything bad about Crocus!

Second, Crocus is quite healthy, in particular as one of the older David Austin roses. David Austin rated Crocus’s disease resistance as ‘average’. However, The Right Roses believe that that rating does not truly do Crocus justice. It is very healthy. It depends on the disease pressure in your area. However, in general it does very well. A little black spot at the end of the season. Otherwise, it is very healthy. So, that is not bad at all.

Third, Crocus makes an attractive shrub. Even in the warmer States in the US, its habit growth is very nice. Bushy and dense. At The Right Roses, we pay a lot of keen attention on the shape of the shrub. It is truly a critical attribute of a rose you want to choose for your garden. As you know, gardens in the UK are usually quite small, compared to those in the US. Therefore, we cannot have too many arching roses with long octopus canes. A rose, making a shapely shrub, can give more room for other plants. Crocus is a wonderful rose in this sense. If you leave it alone, it can get to 8ft x 8 ft. However, you prune it and keep it under control, Crocus would be a fabulous plant in your garden.

And fourth, Crocus is one of hardiest David Austin roses. David Austin suggested Crocus for zones 5 – 11, which is average. However, Crocus is very hardy, with little dieback in the winter. Therefore, those who live in the colder climates may want to consider Crocus.

Crocus rose: The cons

Crocus has two weaknesses.

First, its color is variable. Its blooms can go from light pink, to yellow, and to white. It depends on the soil and the weather. However, fading is not the problem with only Crocus. Many (if not most) David Austin roses fade in heat.

Second, Crocus does not produce a strong fragrance. We believe that this is the biggest weakness of Crocus.

Crocus rose in different climates

To be updated.

Crocus rose: The similarities

David Austin has introduced many reliable roses since the year Crocus was introduced.

Olivia Rose Austin is really a wonderful rose. David Austin himself considered her being one of the best roses he had ever bred. She is very floriferous and incredibly healthy. However, like Crocus, her fragrance strength is only ‘light – medium’.

 Roald Dahl is a recent introduction. He is extremely healthy and floriferous. He forms a rounded shrub and tolerates shade very well. However, his blooms are not ‘large’. In addition, his fragrance strength is only ‘medium’.

Boscobel is another very floriferous pink rose. Indeed, he is extremely floriferous. He repeats so fast. To be even better, his fragrance is quite strong (‘medium – strong’). Such a wonderful rose.

Crocus rose: The details

Height & Spread: 4ft x 4ft Color: Creamy white Fragrance: Light-medium
Fragrance notes: Tea Flowering: Repeat Flowering Suitable for containers: Yes
Sun exposure: Full sunlight Bloom size: Large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12 cm) Disease resistance: Good (The Right Roses), Average (David Austin)
Zones: Zones 5-11 Petal count: 110 petals Sub type: English Musk Hybrid

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Sarah Garthwaite
Sarah Garthwaite
7 months ago

Is this rose still available in the UK? It is in the USA, but I am struggling to find a UK supplier.

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