'Louise Odier'

(Pronounced: Lew-IZE Od-EE-YEA)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Louise Odier' , 'Mme. De Stella'

 

'Louise Odier'

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'Louise Odier' is a vigorous, large, old Bourbon rose with very full, medium-sized, bright rose-pink fragrant flowers.

 

'Louise Odier'

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'Louis Odier' makes an erect bush with abundant flowers, primarily at the ends of the canes.

 

'Louise Odier'

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'Louise Odier' grows rapidly to a large plant with slender long canes.

 

'Louise Odier'

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The flowers are very double and bright pink.

 

'Louise Odier'

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In the heat of summer the blooms may fade somewhat, but they retain their overall lovliness, fragrance, and shape

 
 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Louise Odier' is a tall Bourbon rose with well-formed, very double, cupped, bright rose pink, very fragrant flowers. The flowers appear in dense clusters and the bloom is almost continuous. The fragrance is exceptional.

The slender canes have few prickles, and the canes often arch downward under the weight of the flowers. The growth habit is tall with medium green, matte foliage.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

B

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Margottin  

INTRODUCED:

'Louise Odier' was introduced by Margottin (France) in 1851.  

DATE:

1851 [ France ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    4 '     to    5 '           Width:    3 '     to    4 '



'Louise Odier' forms a vigorous, large shrub, 4' to 6' high and 4' wide. It is also suitable for training on pillars and posts.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is bright green. The canes are long and slender with few thorns.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. 'Louise Odie' starts blooming in late spring (May in the Texas Hill Country) and repeats throughout the growing season.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    3.00"      to      3.50"           Cluster Size:    2      to      3           Petal Count:    40 to 50          

'Louise Odier' flowers are medium-sized (2-1/2" to 3-1/2") and camellia-shaped. They occur in clusters.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

mp - Medium Pink. 'Louise Odier' blooms are medium rose-pink with a touch of lilac on the outside and a brighter rose pink on the inside.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

mf - Moderately fragrant. 'Louise Odier' is superbly purfumed and has a delightful scent.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 6 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Louise Odier' is very vigorous and is hardy to -20 degrees fahrenheit. It will tolerate some shade. While is a tough plant, 'Louise Odier' repays kind treatment and mulching and composting with increased blooming.

It should be pruned each winter, removing about 1/3 of the length of the canes and trimming out all dead, diseased and unproductive wood.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Louise Odier' may be propagated by air layering, ground layering or by making cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Suitable for hedging and fence rows
    ** Suitable for growing into trees
    ** Makes good cut flowers
    ** Availability is limited

Because of its size, the perfection of its flowers and its repeat blooming, 'Louise Odier' would be a good choice for a hedging plant.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Louise Odier' one of the most desirable of the recurrent flowering Old Roses.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 325.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 322.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 28.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, pp. 15, 66, 82, 366.

Taylor. (Maggie Oster, Consulting Ed.r). Taylor's Pocket Guide to Old-fashioned Roses. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.. 1989, p. 83.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, pp. 24, 39, 47, 160.