Small (1-2 in)
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
6 ft x 4 ft
Bishop Pemberton crossed Ophelia and Trier, and that pairing produced a few of the most widely grown and best loved shrub roses in the Anglophone world: Penelope and Felicia. Felicia builds up slowly to a shrub that is typically four to six feet high and just a little less wide. Growth is not speedy; but the plant is tough and resistant to disease. It is very nicely branched and densely covered with foliage. In fact, it is one of a handful of roses one might consider growing even if it did not flower, ever. But Felicia flowers nicely about twice per season. The pink flowers can be touched with yellowish or orangish highlights near the bases. And there is a good, pleasant fragrance. As is true of Penelope, the flowers open quickly to flat, so they are not models of form. Its beauties are subtle; it's the kind of rose that one sometimes appreciates like a pair of comfortable shoes.
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