Rosa ‘Félicité Perpétue’

double white old-fashioned rose

  • © Christine Allen

Outstanding Qualities

A bounty of raspberry-pink buds open and mature to white against the backdrop of bright green foliage in early summer to midsummer, the flowers being highly attractive to bees and butterflies. The new leaves and canes have plum highlights then develop into brilliant green by summer. Although 'Félicité Perpétue' is relatively thornless, it makes an excellent barrier: it produces so many canes from the base that they form an impenetrable thicket. All ramblers provide good protection, including potential nesting sites, for wild birds.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: best in full sun, but will flower fine in light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: exquisite summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: rose, lavender, purple

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.