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'Duchesse de Brabant' rose Description
'Duchesse de Brabant' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Murphy's Rose
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
Comtesse de Labarathe
Comtesse de Labarthe
Countess Bertha
Shell
The Shell Rose (tea, Bernede 1857)

Also referenced as:  Mademoiselle de Labathe
HMF Ratings:
98 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Light pink Tea.
Registration name: Duchesse de Brabant
Origin:
Bred by H.B. (or poss. H. Pierre) Bernède (France, 1857).
Class:
Tea.  Earth Kind ™.  
Bloom:
Rose-pink, yellow highlights, ages to lighter .  Strong, tea fragrance.  45 petals.  Large, very double, cupped, nodding or "weak neck" bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Spreading.  
Height of 3' to 8' (90 to 245 cm).  Width of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b through 11.  Can be used for specimen.  Vigorous.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  
Ploidy:
Diploid
Parentage:
Notes:
Named for The Duke of Brabant, who was a Belgian prince.
Pierre Guillot states that 'Comtesse de Labarthe' is a descendant of 'Caroline'.- see References.

Roosevelt's "pet" rose (see References for more information).
Despite statements in newer literature, 'Comtesse Ouwaroff' is not a synonym of 'Comtesse de Labarthe', but a similar rose.

Ploidy determined by David Zlesak (plant from Chamblee's Nursery).
 
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