'Papa Vibert', a spotted rose which I developed from a crop of seed from the Damask Perpetual 'Marbree', and which first bloomed on Easter day, 1995. This cultivar improves on its parent by having better-shaped and fuller blossoms with more distinct spotting. When first opening, the blossom holds a wonderful globular form, thereafter reversing on itself as in the photo. The plant on which it grows has the familiar characteristics of other Damask Perpetuals, being stocky and upright. 'Papa Vibert' is named after Jean-Pierre Vibert, the great early pioneer in rose-breeding (active in breeding from 1815-1850) who had a special fondness for spotted roses.

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