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Rose de Rescht

by Nanette Londeree, Master Rosarian

If it seems like there are more pink colored roses than any other single color, you are not imagining it. Rayford Reddell says in his book, The Rose Bible, “I probably imagined that … pink wasn’t a masculine color – foolish reasoning. As for the pink aversion, well, it helps to know that more great roses are pink or blends than any other color. If pink bothers you, do your best to get over it.”

The majority of species roses and old garden roses fall into the white, pink lavender and red colors, with the pinks being the most prevalent. Even with the advent of hybridizing, the color pink, in all of its variety, represents the majority of roses in commerce. Think about the color pink and the adjectives we use to describe it – there is pale, soft, powder, blush, pastel, hot, warm, cool, medium, dark, glowing, deep, clear, creamy, magenta, rich, intense, silvery – you get the picture. As there are so many to choose from, putting a list together is pretty easy – including all types from species to hybrid teas to climbers and miniatures.

If you don’t have many pink roses now because you’re not partial to the color, follow Reddell’s advice and “do your best to get over it.”

Name Type Color ARS Rating Year Introduced
Jeanne Lajoie Climbing Miniature Medium Pink 9.1 1975
Marchesa Boccella Hybrid Perpetual Light Pink 9.0 1842
Minnie Pearl Miniature Pink Blend 9.1 1982
R. gallica versicolor Species pink blend 9.0 1581
Clair Matin Large-Flowered Climber Medium Pink 8.9 1960
Gartendirektor Otto Linne Shrub Deep Pink 8.8 1934
Giggles Miniature Medium Pink 8.8 1987
Mrs. R.M. Finch Polyantha Medium Pink 8.9 1923
R. gallica Species Deep Pink 9.0 before 1500
Rose de Rescht Portland Deep Pink 8.8 1940s
Celsiana Damask Light Pink 8.7 before 1867
Complicata Hybrid Gallica Pink Blend 8.8 no date
Cornelia Hybrid Musk Pink Blend 8.8 1925
Jens Munk Hybrid Rugosa Medium Pink 8.8 1974
La Marne Polyantha Pink Blend 8.8 1915
Penelope Hybrid Musk Light Pink 8.8 1924
Ballerina Hybrid Musk Medium Pink 8.7 1937
Carefree Beauty Shrub Medium Pink 8.7 1977
Hannah Gordon Floribunda Pink Blend 8.7 1983
Kathleen Hybrid Musk Light Pink 8.7 1922
Marijke Koopman Hybrid Tea Medium Pink 8.6 1979
Old Blush Hybrid China Medium Pink 8.7 1752
Pearl Meidiland Shrub Light Pink 8.7 1989
Poulsen's Pearl Floribunda Light Pink 8.7 1949
Sexy Rexy Floribunda Medium Pink 8.7 1984
Souv de la Malmaison Bourbon Light Pink 8.7 1843
Belle Story Shrub Light Pink 8.6 1985
Dainty Bess Hybrid Tea Light Pink 8.6 1925
Duchesse de Brabant Tea Light Pink 8.6 1867
New Dawn Large-Flowered Climber Light Pink 8.6 1930
Pink Meidiland Shrub Pink Blend 8.6 1984
Rosarium Uetersen Large-Flowered Climber Deep Pink 8.5 1977
Elizabeth Taylor Hybrid Tea Deep Pink 8.5 1985
Bonica Shrub Medium Pink 8.4 1985
Lady of the Dawn Floribunda Light Pink 8.4 1984
Sparrieshoop Shrub Light Pink 8.2 1953

Photo of Complicata used with permission by © Wendy Annibell, Long Island, NY

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