Helen Traubel, bred by Herb Swim in 1951. Released by Armstrong Roses.
Breeding: 'Charlotte Armstrong' x 'Glowing Sunset'. In many ways this rose is responsible for luring me into growing some of the older HT's. (I'm not a fan of most modern HT's; I find them coarse and all too similar. "Cookie cutter" roses, as a friend once remarked)
'Helen Traubel' is a modest-sized Hybrid Tea, bushier than its modern counterparts and slower to build into a substantial plant. It is also less Winter hardy than modern HT's, and not recommended for climates colder than Zone 7. However, if you have the right climate to grow it, it can be very beautiful; full blooms of exquisite form, very large and well-scented like the Teas; a moody fragrance reminiscent of Camphor. Its color is like several of the early Hybrid Teas; luminous shades and hues of peach, coral, salmon and hints of carmine at the petals edges. This wonderful color is no doubt inherited from its Pernetiana ancestry. Its sad that these colors seem to have been lost in the modern HT's. For this reason the early HT's should be preserved and embraced.
merit rating: 5.6
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