'American Beauty' rose Description
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Deep pink Hybrid Perpetual.
Registration name: American Beauty
Deep pink. Strong fragrance. 50 petals. Large, full (26-40 petals), cupped bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Height of 3' to 6' 7" (90 to 200 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Can be used for cut flower. Disease susceptibility: susceptible to blackspot , susceptible to Mildew, susceptible to rust . Cut back one-half every year.. Feed this rose well. Requires good cultivation if it is to perform its best.
In 1886, American Beauty was introduced into commerce in the USA from a plant collected from the garden of American historian, George Bancroft. That rose was propagated and sold by Field Bros. under the name American Beauty. American Beauty was later identified as the 1875 French-bred hybrid perpetual, Mme Ferdinand Jamain.
Rose authority and author Brent Dickerson accepts the theory propounded by Georgia Torrey Drennan, that American Beauty was a seedling raised by Baltimore nurseryman, Anthony Cook, and that Bancroft's daughter saw the rose in bloom at his nursery, bought the plant, and planted it in Bancroft's garden.
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