The Queen Elizabeth Rose
On long sturdy stems, the pointed buds are perfectly shaped. They open singly or in clusters. The cup-like, lightly scented, classically shaped flowers are very double. Up to four inches wide, these are in various shades of pink. The colors include pale to clear bright pink, medium pink, cyclamen-pink, and rich pink. The blooms have 40 petals.
The plants are very free flowering and open summer to fall. Considered a repeat bloomer, this will provide lots of stems for cutting.
The versatile, easy to grow, vigorous, upright bushes are suitable for all climates, and are recommended for zones four through 11. Among the most reliable roses, it has been described by some as ‘indestructible.’ Though the plants are so tall that some call them lanky and gawky, this shouldn’t be held against them. Depending on the growing conditions and climate, this is typically about seven feet tall. However, it can range from about four feet to 15 feet with a three to four foot spread. They have very strong stems. The plant is sometimes very thorny.
The deep green, shiny, leathery foliage is very disease resistant. The plant will sometimes get black spot. It needs very little pruning.
This was the very first grandiflora when it was released in 1954. However, some consider it a floribunda or shrub rose.
The Queen Elizabeth rose has won many prizes. It was named an All-American Rose Selections winner in 1955. In 1978 it was added to the World Federation of Rose Societies Hall of Fame. In 1957 the American Rose Society awarded it the Gertrude M. Hubbard Award. In 1955 it received the Royal National Rose Society Gold Medal and President’s International Trophy. In 1954 it received the Gold Medal at Portland, Oregon. Its parents were Floradora and Charlotte Armstrong.
Introduced in 1954 this was released by rose breeder Dr. Walter Lammerts of California. It was named the world’s ‘favorite rose’ by the World Federation of Rose Societies. It is second only to Peace in terms of popularity. According to most sources, this was named for the Queen of England when she assumed the throne in 1952.
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