“Queen Elizabeth” also known as “Queen of England” and “Queen Elizabeth Rose” was bred by Dr. Walter Lammerts in the USA. It has been regarded as one of the world’s most popular roses since its introduction in 1954 and named to recognise Queen Elizabeth II ascension to the throne in 1952.
This very tall growing Grandiflora Rose produces large, (35 to 40 petals), high-centred, medium pink blooms on long straight stems, ensuring its suitability for arrangements. The classification ‘Grandiflora’ indicates that roses are produced both singly and in clusters. The long, elegant buds of darker pink open to moderately fragrant blooms.
The bush has good repeat flowering all season long from spring to late autumn and is disease tolerant and almost thornless with dark green, tough leathery foliage. It’s slender upright habit, up to 3m high and 1m wide, is ideal for the back of rose beds to provide added depth or screen off an area.
This rose won a Gold Medal in Portland in 1954, the AARS Award in 1955, ARS Gold Medal in 1957 and Golden Rose of The Hague in 1968. It was inducted into the WFRS Rose Hall of Fame, voted one of the world’s favourite roses, in 1979. This is a truly great rose deserving a place in all gardens. A climbing sport of this rose was found and introduced in 1957.
Available from Wagner’s Rose Nursery and Treloar Roses.
Text and Photos: Melanie Trimper