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The Alexandra Rose - Alba Rose

The Alexandra Rose

Alba. Bred by Austin in UK in .
Use:
 
Shrub, Woodland Shrub, Specimen Plant
Color:
 
Pink/White
Form:
 
Single
Fragrance:
 
Remontance:
 
Once Blooming
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Medium - about 3 inches
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 4 - 8
Height & Width:
 
4 ft x 5 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments One has to stop thinking in terms of roses and start thinking in terms of shrubs when one thinks of this rose. It produces five-petalled single flowers that are about three inches across. They are a pale and subtle mixture of pink, white, and pale yellow. The rose is beautifully branched and it is very nicely covered with foliage. It appears to be completely immune to disease. It grows happily in poor soil and with limited amounts of light and water. There is hardly a rose in cultivation that looks better out of bloom - that includes most hybrid musks and albas. Sadly, if one is expecting this rose to light up the garden with flowers like the best floribundas, one will be disappointed. It produces an ample number of flowers just once per year. Still, anyone who loves easy-care roses, especially singles, should give The Alexandra Rose serious consideration. I remember it more fondly than I do Ballerina which produced far more flowers.