Rose (Rosa 'Alba Semi-plena') in the Roses Database

Alternative cultivar names:
'Alba Semi-plena'
'La Rose de York'
'La Rose d'York'
'Rose Vierge'
'White Rose of York'
'Bonnie Prince Charlie's Rose'

Also sold as:
Semiplena

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: White and white blend
Extra Bloom Info: In clusters
Rebloom: None
Class: Alba
Extra Color Info: White, with yellow stamens
Growth Habit: Typically 8-10 feet
Fragrance: Strong
Hybridizer & year: Unknown, before 1629
Optimal growing zones: USDA zones 3-9

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 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 8-10 feet
Plant Spread: 5-6 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Parentage: sport of: Alba Maxima

A very dependable bloomer.

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Location: Zone 5Date: 2010-07-06 A very dependable bloomer.
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Location: My GardensDate: June 4, 2016At Peak Bloom
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Location: My GardensDate: May 27, 2016Single Bloom: Intense Fragrance
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Location: My GardensDate: June 11, 2014Early Morning Dappled Shade/Sunlight
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Location: My GardensDate: June 11, 2014Close Up In Early Morning Sunlight
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Location: San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, CADate: 5/2007
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 2011-05-08found growing in a very old, abandoned property
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Location: My GardensDate: June 1, 2013Tons Of Unopened Buds
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Location: My GardensDate: June 6, 2014A Single Bloom
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Location: My GardensDate: June 11, 2014Close Up In Early Morning Sunlight
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Location: My GardensDate: June 1, 2013A Single Bloom
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Location: My GardensDate: June 1, 2013A Single Bloom
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Location: My GardensDate: June 1, 2013Almost In Full Bloom
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Location: Germany. Kordes garden.
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Location: Germany. Kordes garden.
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Location: Dean Bond Rose Garden, Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-06-02
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Location: Dean Bond Rose Garden, Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-06-02
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Location: Brooklyn Botanical Garden (Cranford Rose Garden), New York, New YorkDate: 2017-06-18
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Location: Wyck Historic Rose Garden, Philadelphia (Germantown), Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-05-26
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Location: Wyck Historic Rose Garden, Philadelphia (Germantown), Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-05-26
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Comments:
Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 20, 2011 2:35 PM

Produces decorative hips that are high in Vitamin C and can be used to make tea.

Can be grown as a climber in mild climates. Prune after flowering is finished. This rose blooms on old wood.

Soil: Well-drained, or moist but well-drained, Acid, Alkaline or Neutral, Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam.

We found this rose growing on an old, abandoned property where the home had long ago been torn down. It was obviously unattended, received no special treatment or supplemental water ... and was blooming profusely.

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