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'Irène Watts' rose Description
'Irène Watts (china, Guillot 1895)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Meetza
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
19 favorite votes.  
ARS:
White, near white or white blend.
Origin:
Bred by Pierre Guillot (France, 1895).
Class:
China / Bengale.  
Bloom:
Salmon-pink to light pink.  Mild to strong, sweet fragrance.  up to 50 petals.  Average diameter 4".  Large, very full (41+ petals) bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Short, well-branched.  Small foliage.  
Height of 18" to 32" (45 to 80 cm).  Width of 2' (60 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 7b through 10b.  Shade tolerant.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
Notes:
Mike Lowe gives this rose a date of 1895.

The rose described above may be extinct. See Irene Watts (Floribunda) regarding misidentification of this rose.

Guillot and Loubert list this rose in their catalogues. Guillot is unlikely to have it wrong. It should not be confused with the 'Irene Watts' being sold by some outlets in the US which is possibly the same rose as Pink Gruss an Aachen.

Actually, Guillot probably DOES have it wrong. The firm was out of business for decades, until revived by the current member of the family. Roses were re-acquired. The "Irene Watts" grown by Guillot was obtained from Peter Beales, and is the same 'Pink Gruss an Aachen' which went around the world "disguised" as 'Irene Watts.' JMJ, 6-2007
 
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