'Armosa' , 'Hermosa' , 'Mélanie Lemaire' , 'Mme. Neumann'
'Hermosa' is a small China shrub with beautifully formed, very double, light pink blooms.
'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.
The pointed buds of 'Hermosa' open to beautifully globular, double, exhibition form flowers.
'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.
Unknown - probably a seedling of 'Old Blush'.
'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.
Before 1837 [ France ]
|PLANT SIZE |
Height: 3 ' to 4 ' Width: 3 ' to 3 '
'Hermosa' resembles Old Blush but is smaller and much more compact.
The foliage is semi-glossy and dark bluish-green.
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.
| 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.
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:|| |
mf - Moderately fragrant. 'Hermosa' is moderately fragrant.
Zones 6 - 9
'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.
'Hermosa' is easily propagated from cuttings.
In very large plantings, 'Hermosa' is spectacular.
There is also a climbing form of 'Hermosa', which is named 'Setina'.
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