RoseFile Database

Great Western - Bourbon Rose

Great Western

Bourbon. Bred by Laffay in France in 1840.
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Use:
 
Shrub, Border, Fence, Pe
Color:
 
Mauve
Form:
 
Quartered
Fragrance:
 
Strong
Remontance:
 
Once
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 6 - 10
Height & Width:
 
6 ft x 6 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Great Western was one of a series of new steam ships that - for more than sixty years - broke speed records for transatlantic crossings up until the demise of the Titanic. The steamship is gone and forgotten, but its namesake is a survivor in the garden. The rose is capable of scraping by in conditions that no hybrid tea can tolerate. When well grown, it will make a big plant with strongly scented flowers. The form of the flower is a little less impressive than that of Paul Ricault, which it most closely resembles; but its health and vigor will sometimes more than make up for the difference. The flowers are mauve, occasionally with some purple or maroon. Canes are long and not very branched, suggesting it might be good trained on a fence or pegged. Unlike most bourbons it does not repeat. In compensation for this, it is a little less needy than some bourbons.