The Cecile Brunner Rose are light pink colored Polyantha roses. It is the original Polyantha, that conquered the world when it was introduced. Therefore, it is probably the best known.
It is also known as; Mignon, and Sweetheart Rose. It was nicknamed the sweetheart rose soon after it's introduction.
The roses are produced in large airy clusters of perfectly formed, scented double blooms. The little roses, (that resemble Hybrid tea's) come 10-25 flowers to a cluster.
The rose flowers cover the dwarf sized bushes all season long.
Type Polyantha- Old Garden Rose
Hybridizer Pernet-Ducher, (France) 1881
Blooms Light pastel pink, double flowers are 1" across
Foliage Dull green, sparse foliage that is healthy
Growth Habits Low growing, bushy, rounded growth habit with continuous blooming
Fragrance Sweet/ Spicy, musky
Hardy Zones zone 6
This long lived variety is (almost) thorn-less. All season it produces small, perfectly shaped light pink blooms, in large clusters. As the long, elegant pointed buds open, they become silvery pink roses.The open roses usually have reflexed petals, and sometimes a button eye.
These little roses make nice roses for boutonnieres.
The center of the flower is a coral pink, with a lighter color pink to white on the edges. (The flowers fade quickly in hot sun)
This rose bush 'Cecile Brunner' is perfect for a small garden, as it grows low to the ground. It averages about 18-24 inches tall, by 12 inches wide. It is also recommended for growing in containers or pots.
It would make an excellent rose for edging, a walkway or the front of a border.
It has always been popular, and still is today, mostly because of it's continued blooming ability.
It was named for the daughter of Ulrich Brunner. A famous rose grower in Switzerland.
You'll get an almost constant show of flowers all season, (Summer through fall),with a fragrance that is sweet, musky and spicy.
Even though the foliage is dull green color, and sparse, the bush is very healthy growing.
It was described by one of my readers as; Compact, pretty, and twiggy.
She grows it in a container where it blooms profusely all summer long.
There is a climbing variety available, as well as a white colored: Rosa Cecile Brunner.
You should prune it in late winter, cutting canes by 1/2 to 2/3rds. The severe pruning will give you fewer stems, but larger flowers.
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