Rosa ‘Ballerina’

Family: Rosaceae

Rosa ‘Ballerina’ was introduced back in 1937.  This rose is still popular today, as it produces such an extravagant display of rather charming flowers.  ‘Ballerina’ is a repeat flowering rose; the first blooms open in late spring, the plant continues blooming in cycles, until autumn and the colder arrives.  This rose is very generous with its flowers, being particularly smothered in blooms at the first flowering of the season, in late springtime.

‘Ballerina’ blooms start life with white centres.  A thick mauve-pink band highlights each petal; as the blooms age, the mauve-pink band softens, as it does it first turns a dusky pink tone.  Then, the flowers age to a shell pink, the oldest blooms may even fade to ivory.  These single flowers are accessible, providing food for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.  Sadly, Rosa ‘Ballerina’ flowers are not scented, but they are very pretty and long lasting.

Rosa ‘Ballerina’ grows to around 1.2m (4ft) tall.  Plants spread to cover an area of around 1.2m (4ft) wide, depending of course, on the plant’s soil and growing conditions.

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