Alba, Hybrid China, Hybrid Noisette Rose 'Madame Plantier'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Madame Plantier
Additional cultivar information:(aka The Bride's Rose)
Hybridized by Plantier
Registered or introduced: 1835
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Bloom Color:

White (w)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:



Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are nearly thornless

Pruning Instructions:

Avoid pruning

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Merced, California

San Anselmo, California

Seal Beach, California

Snellville, Georgia

Plainfield, Illinois

Amherst, New Hampshire

Marion, North Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Olympia, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 23, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is one of the more popular roses among those who love old roses.

The 3" flowers are white, sometimes faintly blushed with pink, and superbly fragrant. Up to 150 petals. Flat form with a button eye. It does not freely shed the petals of old flowers, which turn brown and require deadheading.

Blooms once yearly on old wood only.

It is naturally large (to 15' tall) and vigorous, and should only be planted where there's enough room for it to attain its natural shape, as injudicious pruning can impair the next season's flowering and destroy its naturally graceful architecture. Few prickles.

Highly resistant to blackspot. Shade tolerant.

This is not a hybrid china rose. Its parentage is uncertain, but this is widely b... read more


On May 1, 2010, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

Having learned the hard way, I plant only hardy, disease resistant roses that can take high humidity and extreme heat without succumbing to black spot--the nemesis of OKC rose growers. MP has earned its keep with abundant fragrant blooms and disease free foliage. Happy in morning sun and filtered mid day and afternoon sun, sheltered from north winds, it is doing well situated between a magnolia and an elm in the driest area in my yard. I planted it last year and it bloomed like crazy. This year, in spite of a very hard winter, it has tripled in size and is covered in buds. What a winner!


On Jun 26, 2008, Leslie_Pz from Amherst, NH wrote:

This tends to suffer some disease and there isn't much fragrance for me, but I love this rose and photograph it throughout the blooming season.

Even had another small show of flowers, later in the summer, last year. Maybe will happen again?


On May 10, 2008, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The best smell a rose can have, absolutely stunning, delicious!!!!


On Jun 24, 2004, Leslie_Pz from Amherst, NH wrote:

Information regarding Alba Rose; Mme Plantier.

Tends to grow tall - 6ft tall and sometimes wide. Usually thornless, Mme Plantier has mat, gray-/or/blue-green leaves and clusters of delicate, petite, creamy white flowers; flowering only once and usually in Spring.

Like other Albas, Mme Plantier is shade tolerant. They are supremely hardy of all old garden roses; doing well in adverse conditions, survives with some neglect, thrives well with poor soil and resists desease and other problems.

Great rose and highly recommended!


On Mar 20, 2004, Olympia_WA from Olympia, WA wrote:

This Madame Plantier rose was already in my garden for years when I bought the house. It was approx. 8 -10 ft. high with a fountain shape. It is nearly thornless & exceptionally fragrant. Blooms once for a long period of time. Very hardy & thrives under difficult conditions, even partial shade. Almost completely disease-resistant & requires little pruning. I only pruned it back to 5-6 ft. this winter to make it bushier, but do not plant on pruning it again.
It smells wonderful!