'Hermosa'

(Pronounced: er-MO-sah)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Armosa' , 'Hermosa' , 'Mélanie Lemaire' , 'Mme. Neumann'

 

'Hermosa'

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'Hermosa' is a small China shrub with beautifully formed, very double, light pink blooms.

 

'Hermosa'

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'Hermosa' is a small plant which is definitely a good choice for the front border or a small garden. It is outstanding in mass plantings of three or more.

 

'Hermosa'

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The pointed buds of 'Hermosa' open to beautifully globular, double, exhibition form flowers.

 
 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Hermosa' is a small shrub with beautifully formed lilac-pink double blooms. It is fragrant and repeat blooms throughout the growing season. The shape of its blooms suggests some Bourbon influence.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

H Ch

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown - probably a seedling of 'Old Blush'.  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Marchesau  

INTRODUCED:

'Hermosa' is thought to have been introduced by Marcheseau (France) in 1841. However, there is some indication that it was claimed by several breeders who gave it their own names, and was known prior to 1837.  

DATE:

Before 1837 [ France ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    3 '     to    4 '           Width:    3 '     to    3 '



'Hermosa' resembles Old Blush but is smaller and much more compact.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is semi-glossy and dark bluish-green.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. 'Hermosa' starts blooming in early spring (April in the Texas Hill Country), and repeats throughout the growing season. It is very free flowering.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    2.50"      to      3.50"           Cluster Size:    3      to      5           Petal Count:    35 to 35          

'Hermosa' flowers are medium-sized (3") and beautifully formed. They are double and deeply cupped, suggesting Bourbon influence.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

mp - Medium pink. 'Hermosa' blooms are a nice lilac-pink, that is slightly darker than the blooms of Old Blush, and has more petals. However, unlike 'Old Blush' they do not darken with age or fade to lighter colors.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

mf - Moderately fragrant. 'Hermosa' is moderately fragrant.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 6 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Hermosa' may be grown as a container plant, and is very effective in mass plantings and as a low border. It should be considered and treated as a flowering shrub and basically left alone.

'Hermosa' will grow well in large pots. Partial shade or full sun are acceptable.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Hermosa' is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Suitable for growing in pots
    ** Availability is limited

In very large plantings, 'Hermosa' is spectacular.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

There is also a climbing form of 'Hermosa', which is named 'Setina'.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 243.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 223.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 17.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 358.

Druitt, Liz. The Organic Rose Garden. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company. 1996, pp. 95, 139.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, p. 137.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, pp. 208, 238.