Introduced in France by Eugene
that many years ago, when I first laid eyes on 'Bon Silène',
I was less than impressed by its "ordinary" look. However,
feeling that it was worthwhile to add it to my meagre Tea collection,
I obtained a cutting. I'm glad I did. Although this is a far less
full blossom than many other Teas, it is a lovely thing, with shapely
buds of a silvery pink with deeper tones deep in the unfolding bloom.
It has that special opalescent glow to its petals that only the Teas
seem to possess. Hardly just another pink. It has a pleasant Tea fragrance
as well, although not as strong as many others.
is a strong grower and a wide shrub at maturity. It will easily attain
a width of 8 feet or more, and a height of 5 to 7 feet. (It is a somewhat
horizontal grower) It is highly resistant to Blackspot under most
conditions, but may suffer from mildew when the nights are cool and
days are warm and dry. Of course, 'Bon Silène' is not going
to be reliably Winter hardy in climates colder than USDA Zone 7, and
even in Zone 7 it will suffer freeze damage most years. A very lovely
rose with much grace and charm for a warm climate. (The Teas in general
merit rating: 5.1
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones
8 to 10, zone 7 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 6 feet tall X 8 feet wide, possibly more,
depending on climate.
Fragrance: 3.0, moderate Tea scent.
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