Prévost: Bred by Desprez, France 1842.
'Baronne Prévost' is one of the earliest of the Hybrid perpetuals bred. It is also one of the most useful of the remaining cultivars that have survived the years. 'Baronne Prévost' has a reputation for remarkable longevity of individual plants. There are apparently old plants of this rose that have survived long after the buildings they were planted to decorate have fallen.
As a garden shrub, it is a bit coarse in growth, with plenty of thorny growth up to 5 feet by four feet wide. It is somewhat susceptible to blackspot under stressful conditions, but is otherwise a very sturdy and garden-worthy shrub. The canes are upright, but arching a bit with age, and well clothed in bright green foliage.
The mid to deep pink blooms open flat and often show some quartering, as you can see here. They are not large blooms: about 3 to 3.5 inches across, but there are plenty of them produced in significant clusters at the ends of new canes. The blooms are well scented, as it is not far removed from its predecessor, R. damascena bifera. A very beautiful rose that would be well suited to more informal settings in cottage style gardens and such.
merit rating: 8.7
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