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Francesca - Hybrid Musk Rose

Francesca

Hybrid Musk. Bred by Pemberton in UK in 1922.
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Use:
 
Shrub, Border, Container
Color:
 
Pale Apricot
Form:
 
Semi-Double
Fragrance:
 
Slight
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 7 - 10
Height & Width:
 
5 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 

Comments In a world where just about any rose cultivar could be confused with sixteen or sixty similar rose cultivars, Francesca offers something a little different. It makes large, thin-petalled golden yellow flowers with scrolled petals that are suggestive of some of the best tea roses - but with a loose and floppy form. It produces a fair spring flush of flowers, then goes on to produce flowers through the summer in dribs and drabs. Finally, it has good disease resistance characteristics. Francesca is not completely without its flaws, however. It's growth can be open and lanky, to such an extent as to drive neatness freaks over the edge. And it develops very slowly. Unlike several other hybrid musks, it absolutely must have near-perfect conditions. For many, these flaws will be dealbreakers. But if one can fit it into a garden where it is happy, it will set the space alight with its blooms.