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Honorine de Brabant, breeder and date of introduction unknown.

Honorine de Brabant'Honorine de Brabant' is another of the striped Bourbon's, and is a better variety in some ways because it is a very good repeat bloomer. Peter Beales writes in Classic Roses "This is one of the most acceptable striped roses."

This rose is considered to be one of the best remontant Bourbons, producing a huge early Summer display, with some bloom throughout the Summer, and another large flush in the Fall. Individual blossoms are 3 to 4 inches across, loosely cupped with reddish-mauve stripes on a pale pink background. There is a very nice, but not overly powerful fragrance. The shrub is quite large, growing to 6 feet tall and about as wide, at least in milder climates. I'm not sure how Winter hardy this rose is in zone 5, so you'll have to find out for yourself. This also happens to be one of the more disease resistant Bourbons. (Generally the Bourbons have poor resistance to Blackspot)

ARS merit rating: 8.3
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 to 10
Shrub size: 6 feet tall X 5 feet wide

Fragrance: 3.5, pleasant moderate fragrance.

Charles Lawson Souvenir de President Lincoln
Gruss an Teplitz Souvenir de la Malmaison
Honorine de Brabant Variegata di Bologna

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