Sir Thomas Lipton
From parents like ‘Rosa Rugosa Alba’ and ‘Clothilde Soupert’, this rose is considered to be the best of the early Rugosa hybrids. The flowers are pure white, semidouble to double with a cluster of golden stamens at the center of a disorganized mass of thin petals. The flowers come in clusters of 3 – 7 and are carried continuously after the first heavy bloom. The scent is strong and tealike. The plant has alot of long prickles, mid-green wrinkly leaves, and an arching growth habit. It is very tolerant of heat, cold, dryness and damp. Sir Thomas Lipton (1850 – 1981) was a rich British grocer whose yacht, Shamrock I, challenged for the America’s Cup in 1899.