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Madame Caroline Testout - Hybrid Tea Rose

Madame Caroline Testout

Hybrid Tea. Bred by Pernet-Ducher in France in 1890.
Rose Photo
Use:
 
Bed, Border
Color:
 
Rose
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
Strong
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Large (4-5 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 6 - 11
Height & Width:
 
6 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 
Highly Recommended

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The silvery pink blossoms of Madame Caroline Testout are large and globular, opening neatly into a big, cupped flower and reflexing as they do. The mostly-open rose was copied widely by turn-of-the century artists and designers for lots of things - especially for fabrics. Here is the prototype for rose chintz. The plant is hardy, vigorous, and except for mildew, resistant to disease. On its own roots, it will not grow in poor, dry soil.

The rose was planted by the thousands along the streets of Portland, Oregon, earning for that city the moniker America's rose city. Planted decades ago, many still survive despite lack of coddling. Paul Barden says of it "Mme. Caroline Testout is a lovely thing."