6-8' x 4-6' Rosa alba hybrid, pre-1820. Exact parentage unknown but believed to include R. damascena, R. canina, R. corymbifera and R. gallica.
Thornless fragrant pale blush-pink double flowers look ruffled from afar. Outer edges of petals are slightly jagged and unfurl out of a tightly folded center. It’s the hardiest thornless rose that connoisseur Bob Osborne knows.
One of the main types grown for essential oil in Bulgaria for export to the perfume industry in France. Rose petals from half-opened blossoms are harvested between sunrise and 9 a.m. when the concentration of volatile oils is at its highest. Strong upright habit. Z4. (9-18" bare-root plants)
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Plant crowns 4–6' apart, in a large well-fertilized hole, in an area with at least 4–6 hrs of sun per day.