Large - about 4 inches
Zone 5 - 19
Height & Width:
3 ft x 3 ft
Silvery pink blossoms about three inches across are borne generously on a very nicely shrubby plant. The form of the individual flowers is a little informal by hybrid tea standards, but it seems to suit the presentation perfectly. There's a slight fragrance. The plant repeats well where it is not stressed by heat. Susceptible to blackspot, it's probably not a good rose for most Southern gardens. There are complaints of petals browning in searing sun in zone 9 and of hardiness issues in zone 4; but there are a lot of gardeners in zone 5 who grow it and absolutely love it.
BTW: Sometimes a rose strikes one as being almost perfect less because of the quality of an individual rose than because of its overall of the plant and the rose - the sum of its parts. Penelope is such a rose. Our Lady of Guadalupe is another.
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