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Enfant de France - Hybrid Perpetual Rose

Enfant de France

Hybrid Perpetual. Bred by Lartay in France in 1860.
Use:
 
Upright
Color:
 
Pale Pink
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
Strong
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Medium - 2 to 4 inches
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 4 - 9
Height & Width:
 
6 ft x 3 ft
Recommendation:
 

Comments Help Me Find produces six entries associated with the name "Enfant de France-" some of which are evidently duplicates. It would seem that there might be something like four roses in commerce associated with this name: Two gallicas, an alba, and a hybrid perpetual. France was a fecund breeding ground for roses in the ninteenth century.

The gallica worth growing is also known as Agatha. Agatha, depicted at Beale's Classic roses, has dark pink blossoms on dark green foliage, grows on poor soil and looks great. The alba depicted at HMF was once known as Beaute Tendre. It, too looks worthy of garden culture. The hybrid perpetual grows on a narrow frame and though it is leggy like most hybrid perpetuals. All sources depict or describe its blossoms as "silvery pink." Some photos depict reflexed petal tips, others straight petals. All sources agree that the fragrance is strong and delicious. This is evidently a hybrid perpetual rose that just about any old rose lover could be happy with.