Rose (Rosa 'Edith Holden') in the Roses Database

Alternative cultivar names:
'Edith Holden'
'The Edwardian Lady'

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Bloom shape: Other: Saucer-shaped
Petal count: semi-double: 8-15 petals
Rose bloom color: Russet
Extra Bloom Info: In clusters
Rebloom: Good
Class: Floribunda
Extra Color Info: Russet brown, with large yellow center
Growth Habit: Typically 3-5 feet, but can be much taller in warm zones
Fragrance: Mild
Hybridizer & year: Christopher H. Warner, 1988
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 6 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Plant Spread: 2-3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Russet
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Parentage: Belinda x (Elizabeth of Glamis x (Galway Bay x Sutter's Gold))


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Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Dec 16, 2019 1:27 AM

I've grown Edith Holden for about 30 years, but each Edith Holden I've bought has not lasted long. The one currently growing in my garden is the fourth. It has been here for about 8 years, but it's failing now. I suspect this is a rose that needs to be grafted. Unfortunately, I've only been able to buy it in the own-root variety. It's a weak rose, with thin canes rising no more than 3 feet from the ground, and it's fairly stingy with its blooms.

Why do I persist in trying to grow it? Because the few blooms the rose produces have an irresistible color from start to finish, starting out in a russet-brick shade, almost brown, and gradually turning smoky-violet. These colors complement the large golden center of the bloom.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
That's amazing! by wcgypsy Apr 26, 2012 11:15 AM 2
grafted roses by MargieNY Oct 3, 2014 6:08 PM 32
March Rose Blooms in 2014 by zuzu Apr 12, 2014 7:42 AM 13
Finally, some blooms by zuzu Apr 27, 2012 9:27 PM 27
The First Roses of 2011 in My Garden by zuzu Apr 22, 2011 5:46 PM 48
My March and April Blooms by zuzu Jul 10, 2011 11:38 PM 94
Russet Roses by zuzu May 9, 2017 8:43 AM 86
Burlington Roses by Skiekitty Apr 29, 2011 9:35 PM 62

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