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'Little Pet' rose Description
'Little White Pet (Polyantha, Henderson 1879)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Arboretum Borova hora - Rosarium
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
93 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
White, near white or white blend Polyantha.
Registration name: White Pet
Exhibition name: White Pet
Origin:
Discovered by Peter Henderson (1822-1890) (United States, 1879).
Introduced in United States by Bennett's Greenhouses, Inc. in 1889 as 'Little White Pet'.
Introduced in Australia by C. F. Newman and Sons - Adelaide in 1894 as 'White Pet'.
Class:
Hybrid Sempervirens, Polyantha.  
Bloom:
White.  Mild fragrance.  Medium, very double, in large clusters, cupped-to-flat bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Short.  
Height of 18" to 3' (45 to 90 cm).  Width of 18" to 2' (45 to 60 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Heat tolerant.  shade tolerant.  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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
Notes:
White Pet is sometimes known as Little Dot in New Zealand. See Comments.
Harkness Roses says a mass of double rosettes covers this rose...
Some difference of opinion about parentage, see References for more information.

Some early polyanthas were classed with the Fairy Roses (R. lawranceana) in the China section. They were all small bedding roses.
 
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