Albas are hybrids whose antiquity may go back further than the Roman Empire, earlier than 100 A.D.
It is believed that Alba roses are derived from the dog rose, Rosa canina, and the Damask rose, Rosa damascena.
Alba roses bloom on second-year or older wood, the bloom color ranges from white to cream and mild pinks.
These old hybrids are vigorous and hardy, usually sparsely spiny shrubs with gray-green foliage and white to pink, usually fully double, fragrant flowers. Prune in late summer after flowering by cutting old shoots back by about one-third.