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Comtesse du Cayla - China Rose

Comtesse du Cayla

China. Bred by Guillot in France in 1902.
Use:
 
Shrub
Color:
 
Coral/Gold Blend
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
Strong Tea, Sweet Peas
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 7 - 11
Height & Width:
 
4 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Its silky petals are a blend of magenta and yellow that can produce radiant pink, coral, or gold colors, often making for a luxurious look. They are at their best when framed by purple new-growth. But sometimes the flower form becomes ragged, and the colors clash. Graham Stuart Thomas' comment about disliking tea roses for their "garish" colors might well have been made with this ros in mind.

BTW:The history behind the rather middling ARS score would be interesting to know. It is doubtful that it is a result of poor health in areas where the rose is reliably hardy since Texas A& M University lists it as a new recruit for its "Earth Kind" program of healthy and carefree roses. Perhaps once it was distributed in areas where it was not hardy. Perhaps it is not the most proliferous of roses. Perhaps its loose blooms fail to impress. In any case, it is a nice shrub with unusual flowers and few health problems.