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PlantFiles: Old Garden Rose
Rosa 'Leda'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Leda
Additional cultivar information: (aka Painted Damask, White Lda)
Registered or introduced: 1827

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive hortensia On Jun 10, 2006, hortensia from Langley, BC, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Of unknown descent, but in cultivation since at least 1827, this beautiful trouble free damask rose is possessed of a lovely sweet fragrance, The milk white blooms tipped in red are instantly recognizable, in bud or open with their red edges & exquisite button eye.

I have grown it in the open ground and am now trying it in a container to see how it does. It has a somewhat upright habit to roughly 3 feet, well clothed with dark green leaves.

The name "white Leda" is a recent, North American term, since the pink sport, Pink Leda, is for some reason grown here more often.


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

, British Columbia
Denver, Colorado
Linden, Virginia

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