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'Duke of Cambridge' rose Description
'Duc de Cambridge (damask, Laffay, 1840)' rose photo
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Mauve or mauve blend Damask.
Registration name: Duc de Cambridge
Bred by Jean Laffay (France, before 1840).
Mauve or purple blend.  Can proliferate.  Strong fragrance.  Average diameter 2.75".  Medium, full (26-40 petals), flat bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  
Height of 47" to 8' (120 to 245 cm).  
USDA zone 4b through 9b.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
This rose is growing at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden. They list the breeder as Laffay.
Mike Lowe gives this rose a date of 1848. In their 2002 Catalogue, Pépinières Loubert say the breeder is Margottin and the date 1867.

In September 1998, the Montreal Botanical Garden (Le Jardin Botanique de Montreal) carried out a survey of its roses' resistance to black spot, powdery mildew and rust. This is one of the outstanding varieties which showed a 0% to 5% infection rate. The data was taken on well-established roses.

Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge, seventh son of George III of England. Born 24 February 1774 at Buckingham Palace. Died at Cambridge House 8 July 1850. Buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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