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PlantFiles: China-Bengale, Hybrid China Rose
Rosa 'Fabvier'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fabvier
Additional cultivar information: (aka Colonel Fabvier, Martha Gonzales)
Hybridized by Laffay; Year of Registration or Introduction: pre 1829

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium red (mr)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Susceptible to black spot

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Speckled_Hen On Dec 29, 2011, Speckled_Hen from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

My bushes here in San Antonio, TX have reached a full 3ft. tall by 2ft. wide with a nice shrubby shape. They take regular shearing very well and would make a very nice low-growing hedge. This is the easiest rose to propagate by root cuttings I've ever seen - you just cut a piece off, strip off the leaves, stick it in some potting soil or in the pot of another container plant on your deck, and voila, a new rose in a couple of weeks. Considering how easy it is to propagate this rose, this would be a very economical hedge to create from the purchase of just one rose. I imagine it would be especially attractive as a long hedge growing along a hot driveway, which is where mine grow and thrive.

Martha Gonzales is an amazing rose - she has no scent but makes up for that with toughness and continual bright cherry-red blooms that really brighten up the landscape. The foliage is small-leaved, has a lovely purple hue, and is very healthy and disease-free. This is a great rose for alkaline or rocky/difficult soils and dry sunny spots.

Positive DriftingDude On Dec 16, 2007, DriftingDude from Charleston, SC wrote:

Zone 8 coastal south. I have 3 of these. All three bloom repeatly through the summer, even during the dog days here. Slight blackspot but the rose shakes it off.

Positive Suze_ On Jan 18, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is just a fantastic plant/shrub for Texas. Cute as a button, new growth tends to be darkish foliage, has a sort of Victorian/'eclectic' look to me. Fairly drought tolerant and disease resistant. Super easy to maintain, just give it a light trim in late winter/early spring if desired. Can also be shaped into a low hedge.

Positive clantonnaomi On Apr 7, 2004, clantonnaomi from Iredell, TX wrote:

This rose has done very well for me (zone 8) in central Texas. In this area it has had no problem with mildew, black spot or insects. My experience with it is very positive - a great little rose.

Neutral Happenstance On Apr 6, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Second season for six of these roses found in the private garden of Martha Gonzales in Navasota, TX and propigated by The Antique Rose Emporium

These are very susceptible to powdery mildew here in zone 9b of the SF Bay Area, but it is a sweet tiny little rose.


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

Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Tifton, Georgia
Charleston, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (3 reports)
Houston, Texas
Iredell, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rockport, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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