'The Shell Rose' Description
Photo courtesy of Robert Neil Rippetoe
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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.
Height of 3' to 8' (90 to 245 cm). Width of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
USDA zone 5b through 11. Can be used for specimen. Vigorous. shade tolerant. Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.
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).