'Pompon' rose Description
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Bred by Unknown
Introduced in Australia by Camden Park
in 1843 as 'Rose de Meaux'.
Centifolia, Hybrid Gallica.
Light pink, lilac shading. [Light pink.] Mild, strong fragrance. Small, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, rosette bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Short, armed with thorns / prickles, compact, suckers on its own roots.
Height of 18" to 42" (45 to 105 cm). Width of up to 2' (up to 60 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 9b. Can be used for beds and borders, container rose or garden. Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood.. Prune after flowering is finished.
Possibly a number of different varieties. The synonyms have been stated in different combinations by different authors.
Dominique Séguier was the Bishop of Meaux 1637-1659. The 'Rose de Meaux' might have originated in his garden, but there is no evidence that he was the breeder, nor that it was discovered in 1637 when he became Bishop.
DNA analysis has shown that 'Red Damask' at L'Hay is a close relative of the centifolia 'De Meaux'. - see References.
Heirloom Old Garden Roses describe Rose de Meaux as an Old Garden Rose in miniature with its fragrant, medium pink, pompon-style flowers...
IOPI: Rosa nana staxon minor hort. ex Andrews Roses 1: t.52. 1806
[Modern Roses 10 gives two listings for this name.]