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'Maria Leonida' rose Description
'<i>Rosa</i> X <i>leonida</i>  Moldenke' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Cass
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
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ARS:
White, near white or white blend Hybrid Bracteata.
Exhibition name: Maria Leonida
Origin:
Bred by Lemoyne (France, 1829).
Introduced in France by Martin Burdin et Cie in 1830 as 'Maria Leonida'.
Introduced in Australia by Law, Somner Pty. Ltd. in 1886 as 'Maria Leonida'.
Class:
Hybrid Bracteata.  
Bloom:
White, blush shading.  Delicate blush centers.  Strong, tea fragrance.  Medium, very double bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Tall.  
Height of 5' (150 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  
Ploidy:
Diploid
Notes:
Reportedly raised from open pollinated seed of Thé bengale ordinaire [could this be Hume's Blush Tea-Scented China/Bengale thé] that was planted close to Rosa bracteata and thus not truly a species cross. For different speculations on parentage - see References.

See also 'Victoire Modeste'.

Per the REFERENCES, this rose can grow much taller than the minimum reported of five feet.
 
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