'Bon Silène'

(Pronounced: BON SIL-een)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Bon Silène'

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'Bon Silène' is an old tea rose, and one of the largest roses of that class. It forms an enormous upright bush.

 

'Bon Silène'

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'Bon Silène' flowers are fragrant and dark rose pink in color.

 

'Bon Silène'

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'Bon Silène' blooms are double and loose, with long-pointed buds.

 

'Bon Silène'

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'Bon Silène' makes such a large shrub, that special care must be taken in placing it in the garden. This specimen was planted next to an 8' grape arbor, and within three years it was peeking over the top.

 

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'Bon Silène' is one of the most satisfying roses in my garden. It is almost always in bloom and the flowers are very beautiful.

 

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The new foliage is a nice burgundy-plum shade and is quite striking.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Bon Silène' was one of the best of the early tea roses, dating from 1835, and still one of the best. It has the classic long-pointed buds and fragrant dark pink flowers, that are a color not usually found in tea roses.

The blooms, which repeat throughout the growing season, are double and loose.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

T

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Hardy  

INTRODUCED:

'Bon Silène' was introduced by J. A. Hardy (France), the curator of the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, in 1835.  

DATE:

1835 [ France ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    5 '     to    9 '           Width:    4 '     to    6 '



AND FORM 'Bon Silène' is a sturdy wide bush that grows to heights of 5' to 9'. The bush is very broad and often as wide as it is tall.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is medium green, and the stems are rather thorny.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. 'Bon Silène' starts blooming in late spring and blooms more or less continuously throughout the growing season. It is very free-flowering.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    3.00"      to      3.50"           Cluster Size:    2      to      3           Petal Count:    30 to 35          

'Bon Silène' flowers are medium-sized (3"), double, and loose.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

dp - Dark pink. 'Bon Silène' blooms are dark rose pink. They are somewhat similar to Old Blush in that the petals are veined with a slightly darker pink. The flowers fade some in the sunlight as they age.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

VF- Very Fragrant. 'Bon Silène' has a moderate, but not overpowering, tea scent.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 7 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Bon Silène' is very vigorous for a tea rose. It can take several years to become well established, but once established it is very vigorous and healthy and blooms almost continuously.

There are no major disease problems with this rose.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Bon Silène' is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Requires sunny location to thrive
    ** Suitable for growing in pots
    ** Suitable for growing in greenhouses
    ** Availability is limited

'Bon Silène' often survives in cemeteries and abandoned home sites and is very hardy.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Bon Silène' prefers full sun and may require water in warm weather. It is suitable for growing in containers, growing in very large pots or forcing or growing in greenhouses.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 59.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 55.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 30.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 380.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, p. 150.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, pp. 210, 239.