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St. Cecelia, Austin 1987. Breeding: Wife of Bath seedling.

St. Cecelia is one of David Austin's pink roses that seems to be standing the test of time so far. I don't grow this rose myself, but I have included a photo to illustrate it for those who are interested in seeing what it looks like.

It appears to be a very nice little rose, and again, it seems to be one of the few truly small growing English Roses, which will appeal to folks growing roses in the Pacific Northwest, and southern states, where the other varieties often outgrow their allotted space. I know nothing about its hardiness, or disease resistance, although it appeared to be very healthy when grown in the display gardens at Heirloom OGR.

Photographed at Heirloom Old Garden Roses at St. Paul, Oregon.


ARS merit rating
: 7.7
Personal merit rating: ?
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 to 8, possibly zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: Compact, 2 to 3 feet tall.
Fragrance: not known, but likely good.

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