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"Sophie's Perpetual" rose Description
'Dresden China' rose photo
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Pink blend Bourbon.
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"'.
Found Rose, Bourbon, China / Bengale.  
Light pink, pink blending, cerise blending, deep pink outer petals.  Strong fragrance.  Globular bloom form.  Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  
Dark green foliage.  
Height of 6' to 8' (185 to 245 cm).  Width of 4' to 6' (120 to 185 cm).
USDA zone 7b through 10b.  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Shade tolerant.  
'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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