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This article is about Rose Blossom, who resides in Riverdale. You may be looking for her Rivervale counterpart, Rose Blossom (Rivervale).

The curse... the curse of our ancestors demands that all living Blossoms must die... unless... we sacrifice the interloper.
— Rose to Cheryl and Penelope[src]

Roseanne "Rose" Blossom is a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. She is portrayed by Barbara Wallace.

Rose is the mother of late Claudius and Clifford Blossom, both of whom were poisoned by her daughter-in-law, Penelope. She is the grandmother of Clifford's two children, Cheryl and Jason, the latter also being deceased. She is also the great-grandmother to Jason's and Polly's twin babies, Juniper and Dagwood.

Rose moved into Thistlehouse with Cheryl and Penelope after Cheryl destroyed their former residence, Thornhill. Rose, the rightful owner of Thistlehouse, soon became victim to Claudius' and Penelope's schemes, first being poisoned with tannis root, followed by being pushed, at least according to Cheryl, down the stairs, leaving her in a critical state in the hospital. She's since recovered enough to be released from the hospital and remains at Thistlehouse.

Early Life

Rose has lived in Riverdale ever since its founding days. She heard stories about the witches of Greendale. She also attended the Riverdale Revels though she never participated in the beauty pageants. Her twin cousins Adelaine and Emmaline Blossom though, did, both of which were known to be top contenders for the pageant.[1] When her son, Clifford, was 8 years old, Rose and her husband adopted Penelope and groomed her into first being Clifford's sister and eventually his wife. When her sons Clifford and Claudius turned 14, Clifford threatened Claudius with a rifle and told him about the Blossom curse. Although, Clifford spared Claudius' life, the latter was terrified enough to run away from home that very night. Claudius' disappearance devastated their mother. Rose could not even bear to speak his name thereafter. When her grandchildren, Cheryl and Jason, were infants, Rose always dressed them in the same clothes because she's half blind. As they got older, Jason got engaged to Polly Cooper, who Rose took a liking to and gifted a ring that had been in the Blossom family for generations.

Throughout Riverdale

Physical Appearance

Rose is an elderly woman with a frail body, pale skin, and white hair with a red streak. Notably, Nana Rose has what appears to be some kind of eye condition, possibly blindness as her left eye is a milky-white color, while her right eye is hazel and looks perfectly fine. She's known to wear clothing that one would expect an elderly person to wear, such as wool sweaters and long, dark-colored skirts.


Having been diagnosed with dementia, Nana Rose suffers from extreme delusion and memory distortion. At Jason's memorial, she confused Betty Cooper, for her sister, Polly, who was engaged to Jason prior to his death. According to Cheryl, Rose comes from a gypsy bloodline, which she believes allows her to predict the gender of a woman's unborn child, specifically Polly's child. However, Rose later revealed that Polly was having twins, one of each gender which had been revealed during a conversation between Cheryl and Betty. This prediction later came true although the means in which Rose managed to make this prediction remains unknown.

Rose was very accepting of Polly upon meeting her with Jason when she gave him the family wedding ring. Despite Polly being a "Cooper", this didn't seem to bother Rose as much as it did the other Blossoms. As if the only thing that mattered to her is that they both loved each other.

Rose cares greatly for her grandchild, Cheryl, even going against Penelope if necessary, demonstrated when she informed Toni Topaz of Cheryl's whereabouts after she was admitted to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy by Penelope. In her lucid state, Rose appears kind and empathetic. She agreed to house some of the Sisters Of Quiet Mercy escapees, showing disdain for that establishment despite adopting her Penelope from there.


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See also: Category:Images of Rose Blossom