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Pink Powderpuff. Ralph Moore, USA 1990. 'Lulu' X 'Muriel'

Pink Powderpuff'Pink Powderpuff' is one of only a handful of R. bracteata hybrids in commerce. Ralph Moore has bred a few of them, and 'Muriel' (R. bracteata X 'Guinee') is one parent of 'Pink Powderpuff'.

While this can be a glorious rose, I find it is slow to become established to the point that it makes any serious growth. It has been said by its creator that it requires good drainage and not too much water or it can sulk. I suspect that the more heat it gets, the better, since this is a second generation Bracteata hybrid.

The blooms are very long lasting, and to my surprise, they are HUGE: about 5.5 inches across! There is a very nice scent to the blooms on the first day, but very little after that. There are easily 100 petals to the blooms, all neatly arranged in perfect layers with every petal ending in a point, like a waterlily.

Foliage is dark green, and is generally very disease free. I understand that this hybrid needs a couple of years to get properly established, but then so do many climbers, so I will be patient. I like what I see so far!

ARS merit rating: 6.6
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 5 to 9, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: climbing, to 10 feet tall.
Fragrance: 2.5, mild, sweet scent.

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