Confederate Rose

Currently blooming in Beaufort (October): the Confederate Rose has a story behind it. According to, “One story relates that the Confederate rose was in bloom during a particularly bloody battle of the Civil War. A slain soldier fell beside a Confederate rose, and his blood spilled into the ground at the base of shrub. The flowers, which had started out white in the morning, absorbed the slain soldier’s blood throughout the day, so that by evening they had turned a deep, rosy red.”

Although originally from China, the Confederate Rose thrives in our climate. It’s true that these flowers start out looking fluttery and white, then turn pink. The flowers pictured come from a very tall Confederate Rose bush on King Street in the Historic Point Neighborhood in Downtown Beaufort, SC. The rose bush is full of white flowers and those that are transitioning to pink.