bred by Edward Burton LeGrice, UK 1962.
a seedling from Lavender Pinocchio. (One generation further back is
McGredy's famous 'Grey Pearl', which parented several unusually pigmented
What a soft and charming hybrid this is! Edward
Le Grice produced a number of off-the-wall roses during his extensive
career, and this is certainly one that has held its appeal for over
35 years. Classed as a Floribunda, 'Lilac Charm' is indeed a cluster
flowering rose, blooming regularly all summer long. Individual blooms
are large; about 4 to 4.5" across, composed of about 5 to 8 petals,
and are lightly fragrant. The color, as you can see, is a soft pale
lavender hue, with almost greyish values.
shrub itself is short, to about 2.5 feet tall, and as wide, well foliated,
and quite healthy. Apparently the blooms make good cut flowers if they
are picked when just open.
merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones
6 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 2 to 3 feet tall, depending on climate.
1.5 little fragrance.
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