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Centifolia Rose 'Fantin-Latour'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fantin-Latour
Additional cultivar information:(aka Best Garden Rose)
Hybridized by Bunyard
Registered or introduced: 1938
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:


Eye present


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Patent Information:


Other Details:


Resistant to black spot

Resistant to rust

Susceptible to mildew

Stems are moderately thorny

Stems are nearly thornless

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By grafting

By budding

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

Foliage Color:

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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:

Richmond, California

Santa Clara, California

Palmyra, Illinois

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Tonawanda, New York

San Antonio, Texas

Chelan, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 18, 2010, einhverfr from Chelan, WA wrote:

This is one of my favorite roses. I planted it in a trouble spot (partly shady) where a previous rose (later transplanted) had failed to flourish. It grows very tall with sprawling canes. Over years, pruning canes back to where they are stronger leads to a more upright bush.

The flowers are nice, somewhat large, centifolia-type flowers which last a long time and are quite fragrant, and it tolerates the partial shade better than some others. It grows upwards quite quickly (even in the shade).


On May 30, 2006, wallaby1 from Lincoln,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought this as a bare root plant from David Austin Roses in Autumn 1999. It is planted under the overhang of a large tree, but on a raised bank, and is quite shaded but does get some sun, mainly in the afternoon. It is often dry because the overhang prevents much rain falling to it, but this does not seem to faze it. I keep it mulched with compost, and give an organic rose fertiliser once when coming into growth.

The shrub does not need to be heavily pruned, a tidy up to remove any dead, crossing or weak stems is sufficient, along with cutting back the previous years flowered stems to a strong shoot. Pruning is normally done in this climate late winter/early spring. Mine has grown to approx. 4' tall, and a little wider, and on it's own makes a substantial display. Th... read more


On Feb 17, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Not a pure Centifolia, despite its classification. Re-discovered and christened by Graham Stuart Thomas, and written up by Derek Fell in his 1999 book Impressionist Roses

"... Fantin-Latour was little-known in France at the time of his death, for his entire output of paintings -- numbering some 700 floral still lifes -- was taken every year for sale to English art patrons. He was so well respected in England for his paintings of roses that an English nurseryman named a rose for him, Fantin-Latour. A large, pale-pink shrub rose, it has a swirling petal pattern and a wonderful fruity fragrance..."