'Konigin von Danemark', bred by Booth/Flottbeck, possibly of Germany, 1826 .
This is one of the most beautiful of the Alba clan! It is a fairly compact, well-behaved shrub compared to the larger whites, like 'Semi-Plena', which tend to be very large. The blooms are perfection, each and every one, and open sucessively in clusters of 3 to 7. Perfume is also excellent, and in my experience, the shrub is disease free.
Peter Beales says in his current edition of Classic Roses, "Superbly scented, this rose is an excellent ambassador for the Albas as a whole."
The foliage is a dark green, but not the same blue-green color as most of the Albas, and as such, there is speculation that this is a hybrid with some Damask parentage. The strong sweet fragrance betrays this possibility also. Disease resistance is excellent, and it is completely winter hardy in all but the coldest zones. This is an excellent rose for the beginner.
merit rating: 8.6