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'The Shell Rose' Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 82-615
most recent 23 JAN 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 22 JAN 15 by wrygrass
Is this rose really hardy in zone 5b? Earth Kind, Chamblee, and Antique Rose Emporium all list it as hardy in zones 7-9. I'd love to give it a try here in 6a/7a (depending on elevation/shelter here in Walla Walla) because mildew is not a big problem.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 23 JAN 15 by jedmar
Looking at the Gardens listing, there are two 5b's, a 6a, a couple of 6b's and 7a's. The microclimate in these gardens is unknown, but you might address these members to find out more.
Discussion id : 77-456
most recent 20 JAN 15 SHOW ALL
Initial post 3 APR 14 by NikosR
I believe that, where powdery mildew is a big problem, people should think twice before planting this rose. That's very unfortunate because otherwise it is a wonderful rose.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 20 JAN 15 by Hardy
Agreed. Though most chinas and teas have serious mildew problems on the California coast, the robust health of Gloire des Rosomanes led me to give Duchesse de Brabant a try. Bad idea. Out of over 100 roses in my yard, it was by far the most mildewy, and stayed that way for years (until I composted it).
Discussion id : 47-899
most recent 5 SEP 10 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 5 SEP 10 by York Rose
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Discussion id : 35-225
most recent 31 MAR 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 31 MAR 09 by Cass
I conducted an informal survey on the rose in commerce in the USA as Duchesse de Brabant with 38 reports. I don't yet have a confirmed petal shape. I suspect that these are typically cuneate (wedge-shaped).

Plants often grow to 8 ft. x 8 ft.
Leaves open wrinkled and then smooth as they mature.
Leaf margins are slightly wavy.
Leaf texture is thin.
Powdery mildew in coastal and central valley of California and in damp spring.
For those with a hand lens, the sepal margins are glandular ciliate.
Prickles beneath on petiole (mid-rib of leaf).
Falcate prickles on canes are scattered.
Bloom form is globular to cupped, sometimes with imbricated petals at the center.
Stamen: filaments are white to cream, anthers dark amber when fresh.
Petal color is medium pink with cream to white centers, probably cuneate (wedge-shaped).
Petals count: median 54 total, with range from 86-21.
More than half report strong/fruity Tea fragrance. Some cannot detect Tea or did not report.
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