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Hebe's Lip. Introduced by William Paul, 1912. (Possibly bred by Lee, pre-1846)

Hebe's LipAlso known under the names 'Rubrotincta' and 'Reine Blanche'. Considered to be a hybrid between A Damask and R. eglanteria.

This rose has a lovely species-like charm, with its near-single bloom form and white petals blushed with purplish-pink. The growth habit is vigorous and arching, forming a fountain-shaped briar about 4 X 4 feet. The three inch blooms open flat and are not particularly long lasting. The foliage has proven to be very healthy withour spraying in my garden, which is a plus.

This is a prime example of a rose best left unpruned, except for removal of dead or dying wood. Allowed to grow as it pleases, it forms a very shapely shrub. Strictly speaking, this is not a spectacular rose, but well worth including in a collection of Damasks and other OGR's; it is a charmer, not a dazzler.

ARS merit rating: N.A.
Personal merit rating: 7.2
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 to 8, possibly zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 3 to 4 feet tall X 4 feet wide.
Fragrance: 3.0 Fairly rich Damask fragrance.

Blanc de Vibert Marbrée seedling #5
Botzaris Marbrée X The Prince, 2002
Comte de Chambord Mme Hardy (Felicité Hardy)
Crested Damask Marie Louise
Hebe's Lip Portland from Glendora
Indigo R. damascena bifera (Autumn Damask)
Jacques Cartier R. damascena semperflorens
La Ville de Bruxelles Rose de Rescht
Marbrée Rose de Rescht X Tradescant
Marbrée seedling #1 Rose du Roi
Marbrée seedling #2 Stanwell Perpetual
Marbrée seedling #4

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