Ancient, antique, old or heirloom; these roses have been around a while. The alba rose was grown during the Roman Empire, two thousand years ago. Alba is thought to be a hybrid of R. canina and R. damascena or R. gallica. The flower color ranges from white through medium pink. Blooms are double to very double rosettes, yet rarely large. Typical of old roses, albas bloom only once during the season. Foliage is blue-green and this shrub reaches four to six feet, maturing into a graceful, tall, arching form. Fragrance is said to be strong and complex, with citrus overtones. Very healthy, long-lived and easy to grow, this plant even tolerates partial shade. Out with the new, in with the old!