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"Benny Lopez" rose Description
Photo courtesy of San Jose Heritage Rose Garden
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Discovered by Ingrid Wapelhorst (United States, 2005).
Found Rose, Damask Perpetual.  
Deep pink with a purple tone, (Sometimes described as "Cerise"). Color lightens almost to "shocking" pink in hot weather. Darkens to a deep, firey purple-tinged red in cool weather. Hundreds of petals, darker toward the center of the bloom..  Strong, damask, spice fragrance.  Very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, button-eye, old-fashioned, quartered, reflexed bloom form.  Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  Long sepals, decorative buds.  
Armed with thorns / prickles, sends out runners, suckers on its own roots.  Large, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for garden.  Very vigorous.  Disease susceptibility: disease resistant.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Feed this rose well.  
"This unidentified Found Rose was collected in Santa Barbara, California, in the late 1950's. The original discoverer has grown it for a half-century, trimmed and trained as a standard, so we are still (2007) in the discovery phase as to its natural habit." "Benny Lopez" is the agreed study name. (Jeri Jennings)
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