Fantin Latour Rose Rosa 'Fantin-latour' (Ce)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rose 'Fantin-Latour'


Rosa 'Fantin-Latour' is a heritage rose known for its sumptuous blooms that exude old-world charm. This particular variety showcases full-petaled flowers, each presenting a delicate array of light pink shades. The blossoms have a densely packed collection of petals, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, which creates a rounded, cupped, or occasionally flat form. The petals boast a soft texture and may appear almost translucent, adding a romantic quality to the flower. The foliage of Rosa 'Fantin-Latour' is generally lush and green, providing a contrasting backdrop to the light pink of the roses. The leaves have a typical rose shape: each leaf comprises several smaller leaflets which are oval with a pointed tip, and they are usually edged with a serrated margin. The leaf surface can be semi-glossy, reflecting sunlight and adding to the plant's vibrant appearance. The overall impression of the Rosa 'Fantin-Latour' is one of elegance and classic rose beauty, with the gentle pink blooms inviting onlookers to come closer and perhaps catch a hint of their sweet fragrance. The plant exudes the gracefulness characteristic of traditional rose gardens and is often prized by gardeners for its visually striking flowers and pleasant scent.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Fantin Latour Rose, Cottage Rose, Cabbage Rose

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Fantin-Latour' (Ce).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rosa 'Fantin-Latour', commonly known as a type of garden rose, is generally not considered toxic to humans. These plants do not contain substances that are poisonous upon ingestion. However, the thorns on the plant can cause physical injury if not handled with care.

    • To pets

      The garden rose is also typically considered non-toxic to pets. It should not cause serious harm if ingested. However, as with humans, the thorns can lead to physical injuries, and the ingestion of large quantities of plant material may potentially lead to gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, due to the physical irritation.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic appeal: This plant is known for its lush, pale pink blossoms that can greatly enhance the beauty of any garden.
    • Scent: The flowers of the Rosa 'Fantin-latour' have a delightful fragrance that can perfume an outdoor space.
    • Pollinator attraction: This rose variety attracts bees and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Cottage garden charm: Ideal for creating or complementing a traditional cottage garden look with its romantic blooms.
    • Cut flowers: The blooms are suitable for cutting and arranging in bouquets due to their appealing color and form.
    • Historical significance: Being an heirloom variety, it adds a sense of history and continuity to a garden.
    • Seasonal interest: Provides visual interest throughout its blooming season, typically from late spring to fall.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Rosa 'Fantin-Latour' petals can be used to make a natural blush or lip stain by mashing the petals and mixing them with a base like beeswax or coconut oil.
    • The intense fragrance of the rose can be infused into oils to create perfumed hair serums that not only scent the hair but also provide a light shine.
    • Dried petals of the rose can be included in homemade papermaking to create decorative paper with a subtle rose scent and unique texture.
    • Petals of the rose can be added to bath bombs and salts, imparting a luxurious aroma and skin-softening properties to the bathwater.
    • The rose can be turned into a natural dye for fabrics or yarns, where the petals provide a subtle pink hue.
    • Fresh or dried Rosa 'Fantin-Latour' petals can be added to potpourri mixes for a visually appealing and aromatic household decoration.
    • Rose water made from the petals can be used as a natural flavoring in desserts, such as puddings or cakes, for a delicate floral taste.
    • The petals can be incorporated into sachets to naturally scent drawers and wardrobes, leaving clothes with a gentle rose fragrance.
    • Used as a natural confetti, petals from the rose can be tossed at celebrations, providing an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic confetti.
    • When pressed and preserved, the rose petals make beautiful bookmarks, preserving their beauty and a faint scent.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Roses are commonly used in Feng Shui for their ability to create a sense of love, harmony, and peace. Placing Rosa 'Fantin-latour' in the southwest corner of the garden or home can promote positive romantic relationships, while in the east it can support family health and unity. When using roses, it's important to tend to them with care, ensuring they are healthy and vibrant to maintain the positive Chi they're meant to foster.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: The rose is widely recognized as a symbol of love and passion; its lush blooms and alluring fragrance often represent the depth of romantic feelings.
    • Beauty: Named after the French artist Henri Fantin-Latour known for his delicate flower paintings, this rose variety echoes the beauty and grace found in art.
    • Purity: The soft, pale color of the Rosa 'Fantin-Latour' can symbolize innocence and purity, making it a fitting choice for weddings and other pure celebrations.
    • Mystery: With its densely filled petals and subtle shades, this rose might also signify the mystery and complexity of emotions.
    • Balance: Often associated with achieving a harmonious blend of beauty and form, the Fantin-Latour rose may represent the equilibrium sought in relationships and life.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Centifolia Rose should be watered deeply once a week, ensuring you give the plant approximately 1 gallon of water. In hot or dry weather, increase watering to twice a week. Water directly at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. During the winter or in rainy periods, reduce the amount of water as the plant will require less. Always check the soil moisture before watering; the top inch should be dry to the touch.

  • sunLight

    Centifolia Roses thrive best in full sunlight, receiving at least 6 hours of direct sun daily. Plant them in a spot where they can enjoy unobstructed sunlight throughout the day for vigorous growth and optimal flowering. Partial shade is permissible, especially in hotter climates, but may diminish blooming and the plant's vitality.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Centifolia Roses prefer a temperate climate and do best in temperatures ranging from 70°F to 85°F. They can survive minimum temperatures down to around 20°F but are not frost-tolerant. Ideal growth occurs when night temperatures are slightly cooler than day temperatures, promoting healthy blooms.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Centifolia Roses in late winter or early spring, when new growth begins but before leaves fully emerge. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches to maintain plant health and shape. Pruning encourages vigorous growth and increases blooming; prune about one-third of the oldest canes each year to rejuvenate the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Centifolia Rose, commonly known as 'Fantin-Latour', thrives in fertile, well-drained soil enriched with organic matter like compost and aged manure. A pH between 6.0 and 7.0 is optimal for this rose. A mix containing one-third each of garden soil, well-rotted organic compost, and coarse sand or perlite can create an ideal growing environment for 'Fantin-Latour' roses.

  • plantRepotting

    Centifolia Roses like 'Fantin-Latour' are not commonly grown in containers and therefore do not need regular repotting. These roses are typically planted directly into the garden where they can develop deep root systems. If grown in containers, repotting every 2-3 years or when the rose outgrows its pot is sufficient.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Centifolia Roses, including 'Fantin-Latour', prefer moderate humidity levels, aligning with average outdoor conditions. They can tolerate some variation in humidity, but it is best to protect them from extreme dryness and prolonged wetness to prevent stress and disease.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, ample water, and good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, enriched soil, water regularly, and ensure good drainage.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Centifolia rose, also known as 'Fantin-Latour,' begins its life cycle as a dormant bare-root plant or a potted specimen, which when planted in well-drained soil and a location with full to partial sunlight, starts to sprout. It enters a vegetative stage characterized by the development of green, pinnately compound leaves and thorny stems in spring. Following the vegetative stage, it undergoes flowering during late spring to summer, producing large, highly fragrant, pale pink blooms that are highly prized for their beauty. After pollination, often by insects, it produces hips (fruit) that contain seeds, which can be dispersed by wildlife or collected for propagation. During the autumn, as temperatures drop, the Centifolia rose begins to enter into winter dormancy, wherein it conserves energy and slows growth. Finally, as winter ends, the plant resumes its cycle, emerging from its dormant state, and starts to grow and develop new shoots and leaves, preparing for another flowering season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Rosa 'Fantin-Latour', commonly known as the Centifolia rose, is often propagated by softwood cuttings, a method that is favored during the late spring and early summer when new growth is pliable and green. To do this, one would cut a piece of the stem that includes at least three leaf nodes, typically around 6 inches long (approximately 15 centimeters). The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end is often dipped into rooting hormone to encourage root growth. Then, the cutting is placed in a soil mixture that is well-draining and kept moist, ideally with high humidity, often achieved by placing a plastic bag or dome over the cutting. Roots usually develop in several weeks, and after a period of growth, the new plant can be transferred to a permanent location.