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'Le Pactole' rose Description
'Le Pactole (Tea, Miellez, before 1837)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Jeri Jennings
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
26 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Light yellow Tea.
Registration name: Le Pactole
Exhibition name: Le Pactole
Origin:
Bred by Auguste Miellez (France, before 1837).
Class:
China / Bengale, Noisette, Tea, Tea Noisette.  
Bloom:
Cream, yellow center.  Lemon, center pale yellow.  Moderate, tea fragrance.  Large, double (17-25 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped-to-flat bloom form.  Prolific, spring or summer flush with scattered later bloom.  
Habit:
Height of 4' to 5' (120 to 150 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  
Notes:
For clarification of parentage and disagreement about breeder, see References. Resembles 'Louise de Savoie'. L'Haÿ's 1902 catalogue list 'Mme de Chalonge' and 'Le Pactole' separately.

Pactole or Paktōlós was the name of a river in ancient Lydia in Anatolia (today: Sart Çayı), where according to the legend King Midas of Phrygia washed his hands to remove the curse that all he touched became gold. The sands of Paktolos then turned to gold.
 
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