'Maria Leonida', bred by Lemoyne/Burdin, 1829.
Breeding: R. bracteata X "a China-Tea", possibly 'Hume's Blush Scented Tea'. Thought to be extinct, but recently reintroduced into commerce.
Wonderfully informal blooms that open flat, with dozens of petals that nest inside each other like rumpled Crepe paper. Nice fragrance, and like 'Mermaid', it does repeat throughout the season. I got mine from B and B Nurseries in California.
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