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Queen Elizabeth - Grandiflora Rose

Queen Elizabeth

Grandiflora. Bred by Lammerts in USA (West Coast) in 1954.
Rose Photo
Use:
 
Shrub, Border
Color:
 
Pink
Form:
 
High-Centered
Fragrance:
 
Slight
Remontance:
 
Good Continuity
Abundance:
 
Profuse
Bloom Size:
 
Large (4-5 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 8
Height & Width:
 
5 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 
Good for Cold Climates

Comments There are a number of reasons one might consider this to be the best pink rose in the world. It has won many awards including endorsement by WFRS as the triennial "the world's favorite rose" award. And it has been used extensively in breeding. It is vigorous to a fault. The official story is that it has a spotless disease record, and it is extremely generous with its blossoms. It will need pruning if it is to stay below its natural height of 5 ft or more. Otherwise, one must view it from a balcony. I saw one, once, grown to perfection, but this may be more rare than the medals suggest. Perhaps other rose gardeners feel the same way; 7.5 is a middling score for a rose so highly decorated. A Texas A&M study suggests, however, that Queen Elizabeth is not a good choice for hot and humid gardens, being among the most affected by blackspot in the sultry south.