Queen of Denmark

In 1816 James Booth introduced Konigen von Danemarck (Queen of Denmark). It slowly spread across northern Europe, picking up new names as it went along. Among them were “New Maiden’s Blush,” a reference to its kinship with albas, and “Naissance de Venus,” literally, birth of Venus.  Because people propagate roses even after forgetting their original names, or because the original name sounds awkward in one’s native tongue, roses accumulate new names.  A rose’s popularity is generally related to the number of names it has picked up.  And this one has picked up at least seven or eight names.  ARS members rate it 8.6, which puts it among the twenty highest rated old garden roses.  So it’s popularity seems to be based on merits that are widely evident to rose gardeners in the US.

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