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'The Fairy' rose Description
'The Fairy' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Nastasia
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Commercially available
Synonyms:
Perle Rose

Also referenced as:  Fairy (polyantha, Bentall 1932),  Féérie (polyantha, Bentall 1932)
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Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Light pink Polyantha.
Registration name: The Fairy
Exhibition name: The Fairy
Origin:
Bred by Bentall (United Kingdom, 1932).
Introduced in United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 1941 as 'The Fairy'.
Class:
Polyantha.  Earth Kind ™.  
Bloom:
Pink, summer heat can turn the flowers almost white..  Mild, apple fragrance.  25 petals.  Average diameter 1.5".  Small, double (17-25 petals) bloom form.  Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  
Habit:
Arching, armed with thorns / prickles, compact.  Glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 2' to 4' (60 to 120 cm).  Width of 2' to 4' (60 to 120 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 4b through 9b.  Can be used for container rose, ground cover or hedge.  Hardy.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
Ploidy:
Diploid
Notes:
In his garden in Norfolk, Robert Wharton, of Whartons Nurseries Ltd., reports the best rose varieties in his garden are: 'Flower Carpet Pink', 'Flower Carpet Sunshine', 'Flower Carpet White', 'The Fairy', 'Arthur Bell', 'Bonica', 'Ballerina' and 'Jacques Cartier'.
Different parentages are given, see References.
One of the Roses that "passed the test" in Longwood Garden's Ten-Year Rose Trials.