Old Garden Rose, Noisette, Tea Noisette Rose 'Madame Alfred Carriere'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Madame Alfred Carriere
Additional cultivar information:(aka Madame Alfred Carrire)
Hybridized by Schwartz
Registered or introduced: 1875
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

White (w)

Bloom Shape:



Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly


Trained to climb

Trained on pillar

Patent Information:


Other Details:


Susceptible to black spot

Susceptible to mildew

Stems are nearly thornless

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Little Rock, Arkansas

Brea, California

Corte Madera, California

Fallbrook, California

La Jolla, California

Laguna Beach, California

San Clemente, California

San Francisco, California

Lilburn, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Saint Marys, Kansas

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Durham, North Carolina

Marion, North Carolina (2 reports)

Christiana, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Locust Dale, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 8, 2014, GailChiarello from Seattle, WA wrote:

Hi: I see most people adore Madame A.C. but mine is two years old, and suffering from "blind shoots." It is early June here in Seattle, and the rose seems healthy enough, but does not show signs of a single rosebud. Any suggestions? I've read about "blind shoots" but I assumed a blind shoot was a single cane, among others that were not blind! HELP!


On Oct 15, 2012, davebert from Durham, NC wrote:

I am now on my second plant of Mme Alfred Carriere, the first having succumbed to Rose Rosette. The first plant was grafted ( something I prefer in most of my roses) and grew with great vigor, but failed to produce basal breaks. The current plant was obtained one year ago as a band and is now about 10 ft tall and producing large numbers of basal breaks. The flowers are mostly white with a 'frosted' appearance. They make a large showing in the spring but only appear sporadically throughout the summer and fall. A superb climber or 'house eater' for informal areas with great disease resistance here in central North Carolina.


On Apr 5, 2012, doglover from Lilburn, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love this rose in all aspects except she only blooms in spring. She is own-root, so perhaps that is the problem. If she were grafted onto china stock, perhaps she would have repeat bloom. She will pop a blossom or two here and there in summer, but perhaps our ATL summers are just too hot for constant rebloom. Either that or the root stock issue. I would like to try a grafted one to see if that solves my rebloom problem.


On Jul 23, 2009, olmane from Marion, NC wrote:

I just planted one of these about a month or so ago (own-root). It's grown about a foot and already has one bloom that will be open in a day or so! I can't wait to see what this thing is going to do next spring! I have it in the back yard where it gets morning sun only and it seems to be doing extremely well.


On Jan 10, 2006, Moonglow from Corte Madera, CA wrote:

I planted mine summer of 2005 bareroot. Grew up and sideways. I love the foliage, although it's naked now (winter). Can't wait for it to creep this year, on it's second....then leap on its third.

I don't think it slept on its first year though. The longest canes reached 6' and i love how it's arching.


On Feb 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I haven't seen blooms yet, because I just planted a small own-root plant last spring. It came through the winter looking like it's ready to eat the fence, the Virginia Creeper and small animals. That was the general plan.


On Feb 28, 2003, bettygiesel from Melrose, FL wrote:

In north Florida it repeatedly blooms in flushes until the weather gets too cold. It is very large--mine is trained the length of a 25 foot wing of the house. It needs pruning at least 3 times a year--removing the "telephone poles" down to a few buds. In retrospect, I would recommend stopping growth of young bushes to encourage lower growth to avoid bareness at the bottom of the bush.


On Jul 27, 2002, Roselaine from North Vancouver, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have been growing this climber, now for over 22 yrs. and her performance as far as bloom output is so very generous! She is susceptible to a little blackspot as most Noisettes are. These climbers in my garden, zone 8a on the West Coast of Canada are close to 25-30' long...I have always recommended this particular rose for a new rose grower starting out!!!! Elaine (She was hybridized in France by J. Schwartz******* parentage unknown)


On Feb 13, 2001, Grits from Pineville, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

1879 12-20' Flowers repeatedly. Zones 6-9
Climber or Shrub

Double, 3-4" blossoms of white, flushed with pale pink tightly curled petals in the center. Intensely fragrant, and more hardy than most of the Noisettes.

A graceful large shrub to plant at the top of a gentle slope, but equally good when used as a climber.

Constantly in bloom in milder climates, and a rose to admire in any planting. A good candidate for a tree climber.