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'Bengale Cramoisi' rose Description
'Old Blush' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Maribel Blasco
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
169 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Medium pink.
Registration name: Old Blush
Origin:
Bred by Unknown Chinese Breeder(s) (China, before 1793).
Discovered by John Parsons (United Kingdom, 1793).
Class:
China / Bengale.  
Bloom:
Pink.  Moderate fragrance.  Medium, semi-double to double, in small clusters, cupped-to-flat bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Bushy.  Light green foliage.  
Height of 3' to 10' (90 to 305 cm).  Width of 30" to 6½' (75 to 200 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6a through 10b.  Hardy.  shade tolerant.  
Ploidy:
Diploid
Parentage:
Notes:
One of the four Stud Chinas.
[From "An Unlikely Vineyard" by Deirdre Heekin, 2014, p.258:] ...The first mention of this rose actually as Parson's Pink China in England occurs in 1793 when it was being grown at Rickmansworth in the gardens of Mr. Parson. Such was ist Impact on gardening in England that by 1823 it was said to be in every cottage garden in the country. Parson's Pink China appears to have been officially introduced into English horticulture in 1793 by Sir Joseph Banks, then director of the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in London, and was most likely collected near Canton by Sir George Staunton, a member of Lord Macartney's embassy in China in 1792. James Colville propagated and sold it under the name of Pale China Rose and later it acquired the name Old Blush.

See also 'Yue Yue Fen'.

This rose is included in the World Federation of Rose Societies Old Rose Hall of Fame. The Old Rose Hall of Fame recognizes roses of historical or genealogical important and those roses which have enjoyed continued popularity over a great many years.
 
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