Hybrid Tea Rose 'Dainty Bess'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dainty Bess
Hybridized by Archer
Registered or introduced: 1925
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Hybrid Tea


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:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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


Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fairfield, California

Long Beach, California

San Anselmo, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Cruz, California

Littleton, Colorado

Sarasota, Florida

Meridian, Idaho

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Coushatta, Louisiana

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Rowlett, Texas

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2008, roybird from Santa Fe, NM wrote:

Dainty Bess is quite hardy in our high altitude climate. I have seen this rose climbing up a two story building. Mine would like to but I keep it pruned back. The single blooms hold up well and always look cheerful.


On Apr 7, 2008, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

Japanese beetles just love this rose, so the blooms only last one day for me. As soon as the flowers open half way the beetles descend and devour the flowers. So far nothing has worked to stop this, so I don't get the enjoyment from the blooms that I feel that I should.


On Oct 28, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am really fond of full, double, big blooms on roses - but 'Dainty Bess' is one of the few singles I grow because it is simply so beautiful that I had to have it - now I have 2 of them and enjoy them so much! The burgandy stamens stand out so enchantingly against the soft, pretty pink petals, and the flowers come on all Summer and well into Fall. I don't notice much fragrance, but that doesn't matter a bit with this charmer! Just such a feminine, soft, 'dainty' rose.... and tough as nails in the garden!!


On Jun 10, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

VERY positive! I love the blooms, the color, the fragrance and the buds are even lovely. The burgandy colored "eyelashes" are so pretty.


On Jun 4, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in England. Won the Court of Show Honor from the First Capitol Rose Society in 2001, the Hybrid Tea (Fully Open) award from the South Penn Area Rose Society in 2000 and the Dallas Rose Society in 1998, the Princess of Show award from the Lake Superior Rose Society in 2001, and the RNRS Gold Medal in 1925.

Seed: Ophelia
Pollen: Kitchener of Khartoum