semi-double white old-fashioned rose
© Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks
"Lykkefund' comes to us from Denmark, where it was introduced by Olsen in 1930. Its name means ""lucky find,"" appropriate as this rose is indeed remarkable and well worth seeking out. Of it Christine Allen, GPP selection committee member and rose expert, writes, ""'Lykkefund' has many virtues, not the least being its almost thornless canes. A richly scented cultivar, it greets the summer with bridal cascades of semi-double flowers that look cream from a distance. On close inspection, random petals reveal a suggestion of soft pink and often a fine gold line down the centre. This rose has oval, scarlet hips and slightly furry petioles that glitter with splinters of frost on cold winter mornings."" 'Lykkefund' has lush foliage of light green with a bronze flush. This summer bloomer attract bees and butterflies, and its fruit attracts birds (particularly robins and towhees). Like all ramblers, 'Lykkefund' provides good protection, including potential nesting sites, for wild birds. Peter Beales, English rose expert, also suggests it for a woodland planting. It is a hybrid of Rosa helenae, a species from China."
Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: deciduous
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Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Flower Color: cream
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze
Great Color Partners: cream, lavender, pink
- Culture Notes
- This vigorous and large rose grows best in rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay. The flowering will be best in full sun, but it will still produce a good show in light or open shade. Although it will tolerate a considerable amount of drought, occasional watering during dry weather will keep it looking its best. No pruning is needed to maintain this vigorous grower, but provide ample room for this large shrub to fully develop. It has good disease resistance. Young plants may take three to four years to reach a blooming size.
- Geek Notes
- or large-flowered climber according to CRL. white. thornless. Olsen 1930.