- Large double bloom
- Variety of pastel pinks from apple blossom to fairy tale pink with ruffled inner petals
- Delightfully fragrant
- Start of harvest: week 27
- Available: mid July to mid August
History of the Sarah Bernhardt
This cultivar debuted in 1906 by the French breeder Monsieur Lemoine and named after Sarah Bernhardt, a French actress of the era. Some say she was the most famous actress the world has ever known.
Sarah was particularly well-known for her coffin that she often slept in. She believed it helped her understand her many tragic roles. While performing in La Tosca in Rio de Janeiro, she jumped off a balcony and injured her knee, and eventually had to have her leg amputated. The phrase "doing a Sarah Bernhardt" refers to having a melodramatic moment, a tribute to her extraordinary talent for tragic drama.