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Cressida - English Rose Rose

Cressida

English Rose. Bred by Austin in UK in 1983.
Rose Photo
Use:
 
Breeding Stock
Color:
 
Buff
Form:
 
Cupped
Fragrance:
 
Strong Fruit & Myrrh
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Large (4-5 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
 
5 ft x 3 ft
Recommendation:
 
Needs Attention

Comments Martin introduces this rose with this quote "Cressida... is a full bosomed trollop of a rose." The blossoms are cupped and muddled, and they come in a delicious shade of pale apricot or buff. It's fragrance is powerful, if not necessarily enchanting. One person compares it to moth balls. There are few roses that grow more vigorously under perfect conditions; and there are few roses in broad circulation that are more thoroughly ravaged by mildew.

BTW In my own garden in New Jersey it would grow quickly to about four feet, bloom, then by the first or second week in June get fungal disease so severely that there was no choice but to prune it to the ground where it would stay until next May when the cycle would continue. Perhaps it is a better rose to grow in desert air, or where weekly immersion in Banner Maxx is the normal practice.