Athena is a Hybrid Tea rose. Its blooms are large, double and high centred. The blooms are a beautiful clear white edged with crimson pink. Each bloom has over 30 petals. Alas, there is very little scent.
Athena bears long flowering stems which primarily carry just one bud, making it perfect as a cut flower and, as an added bonus, the blooms last ages in the vase. The bloom below lasted a week. That’s as good as it gets for roses.
I was surprised to read that Athena is primarily grown commercially in greenhouses. Of course, those lucky enough to live in a place with a climate like Perth (hot dry summers) can grow Athena in their garden and pick their own.
The plant is of average height and quite robust but I did notice, now that autumn is here, mine does have black spot. I am guessing that it did in spring as well, but I can’t remember that far back.
Athena was introduced by Kordes, Germany 1984.