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'Lee's Eternal' rose Description
'Stanwell Perpetual (Spinosissima, Lee before 1821)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Natalie Bloxham - Arcola Garden
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White, near white or white blend Hybrid Spinosissima.
Bred by James Lee (United Kingdom, before 1821).
Introduced in United Kingdom by Lee & Kennedy / Vineyard Nursery Hammersmith in before 1822 as 'Stanwell Perpetual'.
Damask Perpetual, Hybrid Spinosissima.  
White, light pink shading. [Light pink.].  Moderate fragrance.  up to 45 petals.  Average diameter 3.25".  Medium to large, very full (41+ petals), flat bloom form.  Occasional repeat later in the season.  
Height of 6' to 8' (185 to 245 cm).  
USDA zone 3b through 9b.  Heat tolerant.  prefers full sun.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
Mrs. Gore states it as a chance seedling from the garden of a Mrs. Lee in Stanwell. The firm of Lee in Hammersmith, had also nursery grounds in Stanwell, Middlesex. Finally, John Peacock and his sons operated a nursery in Stanwell Lodge, Bonington Road, Leith, Edinburgh.
An 1842 reference equates 'Lee Perpetual' with 'Palmyra'

The Swedish Rose Society recommends Stanwell Perpetual for northern Sweden.

It is unique in its class because it is repeat-flowering. Buist classes it under Perpetuals (Portlands).

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