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'Félicité et Perpétue' rose Description
'Félicité et Perpétue' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Hilde Gunn Deisz
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White, near white or white blend Hybrid Sempervirens.
Registration name: Félicité-Perpétue
Exhibition name: Félicité-Perpétue
Bred by Antoine A. Jacques (France, 1827).
Introduced in Australia by Handasyde, McMillan & Co. in 1864 as 'Félicité-Perpétue'.
Hybrid Sempervirens, Rambler.  
Light pink, ages to white .  Strong, musk fragrance.  Average diameter 1.5".  Medium, very full (41+ petals), cluster-flowered, in large clusters, button-eye, cupped-to-flat, expanded , globular, rosette bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  
Armed with thorns / prickles, climbing, compact.  Small, glossy, medium green foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of 15' to 20' (455 to 610 cm).  Width of 10' to 12' (305 to 365 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 10b.  Can be used for cut flower, garden or pillar.  Hardy.  very vigorous.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood..  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Resist the urge to prune this rose too heavily -- it doesn't like it!.  
Parentage unsure, see References.
One of the Roses that "passed the test" in Longwood Garden's Ten-Year Rose Trials.

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