Several varieties of roses are thornless or have very few thorns. Many plant breeders have developed roses without thorns, which are particularly safe for elderly gardeners, gardeners who have young children or pets or those who simply do not want to worry about thorns on their rose bushes. Smooth Touch roses are a popular and thorn-free breed of rose developed in California in the 1960s by Harvey Davidson. These roses are touted as 95 to 100 percent free of thorns.
Some of the Smooth Touch series include, "Ballerina," "Moonlight" and "Snowflake." A moderate climber, the "Zephirine Drouhin," named after the wife of a French rose enthusiast, is another popular thorn-free breed of rose. Several multiflora ramblers that descended from Asian rose species also are free of thorns. "Ghislaine de Feligonde," "Veilchenblau," "Goldfinch," and "Ice Tea" are others that feature thorn-free canes and stems.