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Plant Profile: Rose ‘Alba Maxima’

Rose Alba MaximaAlso known as the ‘Jacobite Rose’,’ Great Double White’, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Rose’, and’Cheshire Rose’ this rose is very old and dates back to before 1499. The flowers have a ruffled shape and are borne in clusters of three to eight. They have a pink flush at first but turn cream and then white as they mature. . Although the bushes bloom only once they bloom for a long time if well watered and cared for. The leaves are gray-blue and the stems carry a few large prickles. May be grown as a climber and is best trained horizontally to encourage flowering shoots to break along the stems. A good choice for a hedge; flowers are good for the vase.

Type: Alba

Origin: Before 1499

Parentage: Uncertain

Flower Size: 2.5-3”

Petal Count: Double (17-25)

Scent: Strong, fruity, sweet

Flowering: Once in spring or summer for up to 8 weeks

Plant Size: 8-15’ H x 5+’ W

Hardiness: 3-9

ARS Rating: 8.6