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"Sophie's Perpetual" rose Description
'Dresden China' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Murphy's Rose
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
61 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
ARS:
Pink blend Bourbon.
Origin:
Bred by George Paul (1841-1921) (United Kingdom, before 1921).
Discovered by Humphrey Brooke (United Kingdom, circa 1960).
Introduced in United Kingdom by Paul and Son / George Paul in 1921 as 'Dresden China'.
Introduced in United Kingdom by R. C. Notcutt Ltd. / Notcutts Nurseries in 1972 as '"Sophie's Perpetual"'.
Class:
Found Rose, Bourbon, China / Bengale.  
Bloom:
Light pink, pink blending, cerise blending, deep pink outer petals.  Strong fragrance.  Globular bloom form.  Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  
Habit:
Dark green foliage.  
Height of 6' to 8' (185 to 245 cm).  Width of 4' to 6' (120 to 185 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 7b through 10b.  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Shade tolerant.  
Parentage:
Notes:
'Dresden China' was rediscovered by Humphrey Brooke in the garden of Countess Sophie Petrovan Shuvalov Benckendorff (October 16, 1837 St. Petersburg - June 1, 1928 Claydon, Suffolk), his wife Nathalie Benckendorff's grandmother, and later re-introduced as "Sophie's Perpetual".
Origin of the synonym 'Bengal Centifolia' is unknown.
 
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