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Souvinir de St Anne's Rose

Fact sheet: Souvenir de St. Anne’s Rose

Classification:  Bourbon

Introduced: 1950

Growth habit: Dwarf shrub

Height/width: 3 feet by 3 feet

Spacing:  5 feet apart on centers

Color:   Light 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

This sport of Souvenir de la Malmaison was bred in England by Thomas Hilling. It was found in St. Anne’s Park, Dublin. The pale pink petals glow with translucent beauty and are very fragrant. It is an excellent choice for mass plantings and borders. Few hips are produced. This cultivar is so outstanding that it was named “Earth-Kind® Rose of the Year” for 2009 by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Landscape Uses

Souvenir de St Anne’s is frequently used in mass plantings and borders. It also makes an outstanding container plant. Plants perform best in full sun with excellent air circulation. This low maintenance rose is tolerant of insects and diseases and thrives in most landscape situations.

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