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Fantin-Latour - Centifolia Rose

Fantin-Latour

Centifolia. Bred by found by Graham Thomas in France in 1900.
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Use:
 
Shrub, Pillar
Color:
 
Pale Pink
Form:
 
Muddled
Fragrance:
 
Powerful
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
 
5 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Fantin-Latour was rediscovered by Graham Stuart Thomas and rose lovers ever since have found this one irresistable. Its deeply cupped flowers and powerful scent commend it. And it grows on a lovely open but well branched plant. The rose is not without its flaws. It can succumb quickly to mildew. And it requires good conditions to grow very steadily. As is true of many roses, especially those grown on their own roots, it can take three or four years to show what it can do.

BTW: In my own garden in New Jersey it grew slowly on poor dry soil. And while I grew Gloire de Mossousses (sic) across the yard, it would become completely defoliated from fungal disease by the second week in June. It would put out only a few leaves over the rest of the season. Then it would start again with growth the following May. Needless to say, it didn't need much pruning. After three years of this, I shovel-pruned the offending plant, GdM, and the disease problem abated. Fantin Latour never did become a world-class grower; but it did manage to produce two or five perfect blooms each year.