'Comtesse Vandal' rose Description
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Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Comtesse Vandal
Pink, salmon-pink shading, yellow undertones, coral reverse. Wine fragrance. Moderate fragrance. 30 petals. Very large, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, high-centered bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Long, pointed buds.
Upright. Large, dark green, dense foliage.
Height of 2' to 42" (60 to 105 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Hardy. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant. Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.
Possibly dedicated to Berthe Joséphine de Heeckeren d'Anthès (1839 - 1908), who in 1864 married Edouard, 1. Comte Vandal (1813-1889), General Director of the Post Office, State councillor. Her mother Ekaterina Nikolaïevna Gontcharova (1809-1843) was a sister-in-law of Alexander Pushkin, her father Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès (1812-1895) killed Pushkin on February 8, 1837 in a duel. Her father, from Alsatian nobility d'Anthès, was adopted in 1836 by Baron Jacob van Heeckeren tot Enghuizen (1791 Zutphen -1884 Paris), Dutch ambassador at the court of Russia [the link for the Dutch interest in Comtesse Vandal?]