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PlantFiles: Floribunda Rose
Rosa 'Centenaire de Lourdes'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Centenaire de Lourdes
Additional cultivar information: (aka DELge, Centennaire de Lourdes, Mrs. Jones)
Hybridized by Delbard; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1958

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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Bloom Color:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Sets hips

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wendymadre On Jun 8, 2008, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

I've heard that this was voted one of the best roses of the 20th Century in Europe, although it is not well known here. I have had it in my garden for about nine years, and it is exceptionally vigorous. It is a deep pink, semi-double, does not have a scent that I can detect. Its flowers do not hold together that well as cut flowers, but it is an asset in the garden. It has grown to five or six feet across and about four to five feet high.

Does the name have to do with the hundredth anniversary of the vision of Saint Bernadette in Lourdes? Just curious.

Positive soulgardenlove On Feb 21, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

From Countryside
Centenaire de Lourdes
Class: Floribunda
Bloom: Medium pink
Size: 4 - 5 ft. tall
Introduced: Delbard, 1968
A beautiful rose with very good disease-resistance that deserves to be grown in more gardens. Roses are a blend of medium and lighter pink and have a lovely form and mild fragrance. Especially beautiful when the buds just open. A good cut flower, too. Zones 6-9.

Delbard's new rose varieties first see the day at Malicorne and Commentry in the Allier département, family home of the Delbards.
Research work for new varieties was started back in 1954 by Georges Delbard and was crowned with success ten years later, with the birth of roses that have become great classics: Grand Siècle® delegran, Centenaire de Lourdes Rouge® delfloro, Madame Delbard® deladel (the rose that sells the most world-wide), not forgetting Comtesse de Ségur® deltendre, Papi Delbar® delaby, Impératrice Farah® delivour, Nahéma® deléri and Chartreuse de Parme® delviola... In fact, Chartreuse de Parme®deviola has made history by winning awards for its incredible scent in all the Rose competitions in the capital cities of Europe!
Today, carrying on in the footsteps of his father, Henri Delbard decides on the "marriages" and crosses between the great rose families presenting characteristics liable to give a good combination of colour, scent, flowering qualities, habit, disease resistance, etc.
Each rose has a detailed family tree kept constantly up-to-date, bearing in mind that a given character trait never disappears completely and can crop up again at random during fertilisation.
Cross fertilise a rose, raise its descendants and perhaps find an offspring that is more vigorous or has new colours, is a real life-long passion indeed;
To date Delbard has created 257 new rose varieties with 40,000 hybridisations each year, representing about ten years of research, observation and meticulous care for each of them.


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

San Jose, California
Richmond, Texas

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