"Flamingo Gardens Tea" rose Description
Photo courtesy of Carlene Gerette
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Orange-pink. Pale golden yellow, washed with pink, or pink edges. Larger bloom than 'Safrano', similar to 'Catherine Mermet' with a spiral form. Long lasting blooms. Initial bristles on pedicel, but becoming smooth with age, receptacle short and squat. Mild, tea fragrance. High-centered bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Bushy, compact, thornless (or almost).
Height of 5' to 6' (150 to 185 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default). Can be used for container rose. Rain tolerant. Disease susceptibility: disease resistant.
Malcolm Manners: The plant "originated" in the greenhouses of Florida Southern College. In the late 1980s, we were given a collection of roses that had been originally collected in Barbados and imported to Flamingo Gardens, a botanic garden/zoo in the Fort Lauderdale area. This rose was on that bench, but without a tag, so we called it "Flamingo Gardens Tea." When we showed it to the folks from Flamingo Gardens, to get a positive ID, they assured us that it was not one of their roses, and that they had never seen it before. So its origin with us remains a mystery. In recent years, I've noticed a striking resemblance to 'Souv. de Pierre Notting', and suspect they may be the same rose.