In Latin, the word
alba means white.
Rosa alba was known as
The White Rose of York (England) and may
have been introduced way back when the
Romans ruled Britain.
The species is known to
be very hardy and resistant to diseases. It
is a one-time bloomer that bears its flowers
in late spring to early summer. The medium
size, fragrant flowers are white but there
are also shades of pink. Rosa alba descended
from the Damask rose. They tend to be large
plants with distinctive grey green foliage.
'Queen of Denmark' ('Königin von
Dänemark') is a famous cultivar with soft pink
flowers with salmon pink centers and petals
that curve backwards (reflex).