Origin - Marechal, 1830
Parentage - 'Blush Noisette' x 'Parks Yellow China'
Color - White/soft yellow center
Foliage - Medium green
Thorns - Light
Size - 12'-20' + (climbing)
Fragrance - Strong
Repeat bloom - Yes
Disease resistance - Good
Hardiness - Zone 7
The Name of the Rose - Jean-Maximilien Lamarque (1770-1832) was a French general.
Lamarque is one of the most beautiful and romantic roses in the world and it was raised by an amateur hybridizer in his Angers, France window box! Lovely mid-size blossoms of white tinged with lemon yellow adorn this mannerly climber which looks spectacular trained to an archway. The blooms nod downward and send out a strong fragrance that can be detected at a distance. The foliage is a beautiful medium green, usually healthy, and thorns are few.
This rose is usually described as aggressive and fast growing. However, it has taken several years to climb a modest archway for me. I'm not sure if this is due to partial shade or just a bad plant. I had planned to move it last year when it performed spectacularly for the first time.
Lamarque is truly a rose for Southern gardens because it loves the heat. In addition to archways, it looks wonderful against a brick wall and would make a lovely addition to a courtyard.
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