Hybrid Bracteata (HBc)
Hybrid Bracteata roses are a unique group of roses that were first introduced in the early 1900s. These roses are known for their vigorous climbing habit and delicate, fragrant blooms.
Hybrid Bracteata roses are a cross between two other rose species: Rosa bracteata and a tea rose. The result is a rose with long, arching canes that can climb up to 20 feet or more. The foliage is glossy and dark green, providing a beautiful backdrop for the delicate flowers.
The flowers of Hybrid Bracteata roses are typically small and white, with a subtle fragrance that is more noticeable in the early morning or late evening. They bloom in clusters, with each cluster containing several individual flowers.
One of the most popular varieties of Hybrid Bracteata roses is ‘Mermaid’, which was first introduced in 1918. This rose has long, flexible canes that can be trained to grow over arches, trellises, and pergolas. The flowers are pale yellow, with a strong, sweet fragrance.
Another popular variety is ‘Alister Stella Gray’, which was introduced in 1894. This rose has smaller, creamy white flowers that are very fragrant, and it is often used as a climbing or rambling rose.
Hybrid Bracteata roses have won numerous awards over the years, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. They are prized by gardeners for their beauty, fragrance, and climbing habit, and are a popular choice for covering walls, fences, and other structures in the garden.