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Perle d'Or Rose

Fact Sheet: Perle d’Or Rose

Classification:  Polyantha

Introduced: 1884

Growth habit: Small shrub

Height/width:  4 feet by 4 feet

Spacing: 6 feet apart on centers

Color:  Buds are apricot opening to a golden buff pink

Site: Full sun. Good air circulation.

Water use: Keep moist until established (usually requires one month to establish). Average water needs during growing season.  Not recommended for areas with highly saline irrigation water.

Cold hardy: Zones 6-9

Perle d’Or (pearl of gold) is a highly regarded old garden rose that is well suited to many growing conditions even alkaline clay soil and hot dry weather. It blooms from spring until fall replacing spent flowers quickly with new flushes of bloom. It does not like to be kept too wet nor does it appreciate highly saline irrigation water. This rose works well anywhere in the landscape that has good air circulation and plenty of sun. It is also suitable for a large container on a deck or patio or along a walkway where its fragrance and flowers can be enjoyed up close. Perle d’Or was selected as the 2007 “Earth-Kind® Rose of the Year” by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Landscape Uses

Perle d’Or’s wonderful fragrance, delicate coloration of blossoms and ability to thrive under demanding conditions make it ideal for landscape use. This beautiful small shrub rose is recommended to be planted on 6 foot centers to allow for adequate air movement all around. The optimum location to plant Perle d’Or is near a patio, deck, kitchen window, or any location where you can enjoy its delightful fragrance and non-stop blossoms. This rose is also a wonderful selection for a large container on a deck or patio as well.

About Earth-Kind® Roses

Earth-Kind is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service through the Earth-Kind landscaping program. It is based on the results of extensive research and field trials and is awarded only to those roses demonstrating superior pest tolerance, combined with outstanding landscape performance.

Earth-Kind roses do well in a variety of soil types, ranging from well-drained acid sands to poorly aerated, highly alkaline clays. Once established, these select cultivars also have excellent heat and drought tolerance.

The use of Earth-Kind roses provides the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful flowering plants while limiting the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and water. These sustainable practices are excellent examples of how Earth-Kind landscaping is working to preserve and protect our natural resources and the environment.

Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden