'Belle-Maiden' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Barden, Paul
Rich red-crimson with blackish shadings when fresh, darkening with purple overlay as it ages.. Moderate, cinnamon, damask, sweet-pea, opinions vary fragrance. 8 to 14 petals. Average diameter 4". Medium to large, semi-double (9-16 petals), in small clusters, cupped-to-flat bloom form. Prolific, once-blooming spring or summer. Medium, pointed, rounded buds.
Medium, lax. Large, matte, medium green, leathery foliage. 3 to 7 leaflets.
Height of 3' to 6' (90 to 185 cm).
USDA zone 4a and warmer. Can be used for shrub. Very hardy. vigorous. flowers drop off cleanly. heat tolerant. produces decorative hips. shade tolerant. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, very blackspot resistant., very mildew resistant, very rust resistant. Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.
This seedling was planted in an early test area in about 2000 and completely ignored for years. It rarely even got watered, and yet it thrives. I used it a few times in breeding in 2005 and 2006 but haven't had anything noteworthy from it. I will keep trying.
Presumed to be Tetraploid.