Madame Alfred Carriere Rose Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carrière' (N)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rose 'Madame Alfred Carrière'


The plant in question, commonly known as the 'Madame Alfred Carrière' rose, exhibits a graceful and attractive form. It is adorned with lush, glossy green foliage that serves as a backdrop for its blooms. The flowers are typically a soft, creamy white with hints of blush pink, especially at the center. They are well-formed, often displaying a tight, swirling pattern of petals at the bud stage that opens into rounded, full blooms. The plant is known for its repeat flowering ability, frequently producing waves of blooms throughout the growing season, which adds to its ornamental value. Each flower exudes a delightful, strong fragrance that can be a highlight in any garden space where fragrance is appreciated. Additionally, the plant is characterized by its climbing habit, with long, flexible branches that allow it to be trained against structures or grown as a free-standing shrub with the necessary support. Its overall appearance is that of an elegant and robust plant that contributes both visual and aromatic allure to its surroundings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Madame Alfred Carrière Rose, Climbing Rose Madame Alfred Carrière.

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carrière'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The climbing rose is generally considered non-toxic to humans. There are no significant toxins in the plant that would cause poisoning if ingested. Therefore, no common symptoms of poisoning are associated with the climbing rose.

    • To pets

      The climbing rose is not toxic to pets. It does not contain harmful substances that would lead to poisoning in animals if they ingest parts of the plant. Consequently, there are no symptoms of poisoning expected from ingestion of any part of the climbing rose by pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      20 feet (6 meters)

    • Spread

      10 feet (3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: The climbing rose adds aesthetic beauty to gardens with its attractive blooms and overall graceful appearance.
    • Perfume: It emits a pleasant fragrance which can enhance the sensory experience of a garden or outdoor space.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The flowers attract bees and other beneficial pollinators that play a vital role in the ecosystem by helping with the pollination of other plants.
    • Privacy Screen: As a climbing variety, it can be trained on fences, walls, and trellises, providing a natural screen for increased privacy.
    • Shade Provider: Once fully grown and trained over structures, it can provide shade in garden areas or over patios and walkways.
    • Habitat for Wildlife: The dense foliage and mature growth can offer shelter and nesting spots for birds and other wildlife.
    • Year-Round Interest: With proper care, the plant can provide visual interest throughout the growing season with its recurrent flowering capability.
    • Historical Significance: Being a classic and old garden rose, it carries historical significance and charm, which can be a talking point and provide a connection to the past.
    • Variety in Landscaping: Its versatility allows it to be used in multiple roles in the garden, including as a focal point, part of a mixed border, or as a standalone feature.
    • Cultural Symbolism: Roses have significant symbolism in many cultures, often representing love, beauty, and celebration, which can make them a thoughtful addition to a garden.
    • Improved Mental Health: Spending time in nature and around beautiful plants like the climbing rose can have a positive impact on mental well-being.

  • 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

    • Culinary Garnishes: The blooms of Madame Alfred Carrière roses can be used to add an elegant touch to dishes, enhancing their visual appeal with their soft, creamy white color.
    • Floral Crafts: Petals from these roses can be incorporated into potpourri mixtures, providing a delicate fragrance and contributing to a vintage aesthetic.
    • Rose Water: The petals can be distilled to make rose water used for baking or in homemade cosmetics, delivering a mild, sweet rose scent.
    • Natural Dyes: The petals can be used to create natural plant dyes for fabrics, yielding soft pastel colors.
    • Floral Bath Soaks: Petals of Madame Alfred Carrière roses can be added to bathwater for a luxurious, spa-like experience with a gentle rose aroma.
    • Flower Confetti: Dried petals can serve as a biodegradable alternative to traditional confetti at celebrations like weddings.
    • Rose Hip Jewelry: After the flowering season, the rose hips can be dried and used in the creation of unique, nature-inspired jewelry pieces.
    • Photography & Art: The beauty of these roses makes them an excellent subject for photographers and nature illustrators seeking to capture the essence of heritage plants.
    • Essential Oils: Though not a common practice, the petals could potentially be used for extracting essential oils for use in aromatherapy and perfumery.
    • Decorative Wreaths: Live or dried Madame Alfred Carrière roses can be arranged into decorative wreaths, adding a romantic and vintage charm to home décor.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The climbing rose is not specifically used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The climbing rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: The rose is universally recognized as a symbol of love, affection, and emotional warmth, often associated with romantic feelings.
    • Beauty: 'Madame Alfred Carrière' is a climbing rose variety with an elegant form, making it a symbol of beauty and grace.
    • Honor: Roses are often given as a sign of respect and admiration, symbolizing honor for a person's achievements or qualities.
    • Mystery: With its climbing nature and historical pedigree, this rose variety can evoke a sense of mystery and the unknown.
    • Femininity: Traditionally, roses have been associated with femininity due to their delicate petals and soft fragrance, reflecting tenderness and gentleness.
    • Secrecy: The term "sub rosa" meaning "under the rose" indicates confidentiality, suggesting that this rose symbolizes secrecy and privacy.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not needed
Late winter-early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The climbing rose, commonly known as 'Madame Alfred Carrière', requires consistent moisture but dislikes waterlogged soil. During the growing season, it is essential to provide about 1 gallon of water per week, ensuring deep soil penetration. In hotter climates or during particularly dry spells, increase watering to twice per week. Reduce watering in the winter when the rose is dormant. Always water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    'Madame Alfred Carrière' roses thrive in full sun, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Plant them in a location that ensures morning sun to dry dew off the leaves and prevent fungal infections. They can tolerate partial shade, but too much shade may reduce blooming and weaken the plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Climbing roses such as 'Madame Alfred Carrière' prefer temperate climates and perform best within a temperature range of 65°F to 75°F. They can withstand winter temperatures down to about 20°F but may require protection. During hot summers where temperatures soar above 90°F, providing partial shade during the hottest part of the day can be beneficial.

  • scissorsPruning

    'Madame Alfred Carrière' roses should be pruned to maintain their shape, remove dead wood, and encourage flowering. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Deadhead spent blooms regularly to promote continuous flowering. Remove any diseased or damaged wood as soon as it is noticed to maintain plant health.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for growing climbing roses, like Madame Alfred Carrière, should be rich, well-drained, and loamy with organic matter such as compost or aged manure. A slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal for this rose. Mulching with organic material can help maintain soil moisture and health.

  • plantRepotting

    Climbing roses like Madame Alfred Carrière typically do not require frequent repotting as they are usually planted directly into the ground. If grown in containers, they may need repotting every 2 to 5 years to refresh the soil and provide room for root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Madame Alfred Carrière roses tolerate a wide range of humidity levels but prefer a moderate one. They generally do well in the average outdoor humidity found in their growing zones, without the need for special adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Not ideal indoors; grow in pots with direct sun, prune, ventilate.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun, fertile soil; water regularly; prune annually.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Madame Alfred Carrière rose starts its life cycle as a dormant, bare-root plant or grafted specimen, typically planted in late winter or early spring. It enters a growth phase where the roots establish and shoots begin to emerge, which then develop into canes with thorny stems and leaflets. The plant progresses to its flowering phase in late spring to early summer, featuring abundant clusters of fragrant, creamy white blooms that may repeat their flush until fall. After pollination, it may produce ornamental rose hips, though the plant is often deadheaded to encourage further flowering. As temperatures drop in autumn, the Madame Alfred Carrière rose enters a period of dormancy, shedding leaves and conserving energy for the next growing season. This cycle repeats annually with proper pruning, feeding, and care, allowing the plant to thrive and potentially live for decades.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late winter-early spring

    • Propogation: The propagation of 'Madame Alfred Carrière', a beloved climbing rose, is most effectively carried out through hardwood cuttings in the fall, after the leaves have dropped and the plant has entered dormancy. To propagate by this method, a gardener will select a strong, healthy stem from the current year's growth and cut a length of about 9 to 12 inches (approximately 23 to 30 cm), making sure it contains several nodes where leaves were attached. The bottom cut should be made just below a node, and the top cut just above one. The lower leaves are removed, and the cutting is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then planted in a pot filled with a mix of sand and peat or a well-draining potting soil, with about a third of its length buried. It should be kept in a sheltered location with indirect light and maintained at a steady moisture level until roots have formed, which may take several weeks to a few months. Once rooted, the new rose plant can be transplanted to the desired location in the garden.