RoseFile Database

Morning Blush - Alba Rose

Morning Blush

Alba. Bred by Sievers in Germany in 1988.
Pink/Yellow Blend
Bloom Size:
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 4 - 8
Height & Width:
5 ft x 4 ft
Good for Cold Climates

Comments The blooms on Morning Blush are mostly white or pale pink, but they are kissed with crimson and have some yellow at the petal bases. It can be a lovely look. One would, of course, hope for Morning Blush to distill all the health and vigor to be found in the best albas and in R. kordesii. And one would hope for fragrance, too. What back luck, then, that the only person to comment on the rose at HMF started out being pleased but ended up removing it from her garden due to mildew.

BTW: It had been about a century since rose breeders had last taken albas very seriously. Then David Austin introduced The Alexandra Rose and Rolf Sievers introduced Morning Blush. Both roses introduce a touch of yellow to the pallet. Austin's rose is a single white rose with tasteful touches of yellow and crimson. It blooms just once, but it makes for one of the most perfectly formed shrubs of any to be found among roses. Sievers, by contrast, makes lovely old style flowers with the same color touches. But it evidently makes a lax, sprawling plant. A few more of Austin's roses he claims derive from albas, but it would seem that there exist a significant number of unexploited opportunities in rose breeding with albas.