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Rosa bracteata

This species is sometimes known as the "Macartney Rose" (nothing to do with Paul!) this is a wonderful rose that will need wall protection to give of its best. The pure white flowers have a prominent boss of orange/yellow stamens and are strongly scented of lemons, borne singularly from late summer on. The foliage is completely disease resistant and persists through the winter. The original plant was collected in Eastern China by Sir George Staunton, and brought back to the UK by Lord Macartney in 1793 (it is also one of the parents of the classic climber 'Mermaid')

 

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