Iceberg is the most widely grown rose of all time and, for this reason, I was reluctant to have one.  What an idiot!  It is so widely grown because it is an outstanding rose.  It has been described as the best rose of the 20th century, and even, of all time.  Botanica describes Iceberg as head and shoulders above its peers and counterparts.  Wow!

Whenever you see a mass of white rose flowers in a garden, they are bound to be Icebergs.  The flowers are born with great freedom in clusters up to 15.  Iceberg produces phenomenal amounts of flowers continuously throughout the warm months.  In hot climates, it can flower all year round.

The flowers are semi-double and well formed, pure white with occasional pinkish flushes in the bud stage, especially in early spring and autumn.  The blooms have a moderate fragrance.

The bush is tall and relatively thorn-free.  It has bright green, remarkably disease resistant leaves.

Iceberg has a number of sports.   The original sport was ‘Blushing Pink Iceberg’, which has white flowers blushed with a very delicate pale pink.  Blushing Pink Iceberg produced another sport – a dark pink rose known as ‘Brilliant Pink Iceberg’.   Brilliant Pink Iceberg produced the sport, ‘Burgundy Iceberg’.  All the Iceberg sports have the same free-flowering habit and disease resistance as Iceberg.


Iceberg is a Floribunda rose, introduced by Kordes, Germany, in 1958.


22 thoughts on “Iceberg

  1. Hi Glenda! Iceberg is a feature of many, many gardens here in Adelaide – the rose capital of Australia! You are right – it flowers profusely and for months! It is tough and forgiving – and a ‘must have’ in any garden, I believe! As well as several in the garden I have a standard Iceberg in a pot that I can move around if I need some colour and height in an area of the garden.

  2. Glenda we’re planning a rose garden in an old neglected and weed infested garden bed. This is my project over the next few weekends so I’m going to start reading your rose posts with more enthusiasm over the next few weeks 🙂

  3. Although I’m not familiar with this Iceberg, as you know I am aware of its offspring, ‘Burgundy Iceberg’. What a great addition to my garden! I only wish I’d been aware of this one when I was looking for a white rose a couple of years ago.

    • Hi John How is your Burgundy Iceberg going? Is it as hardy in your cool climate as it is in our warm climate? And …. what is its flower production like? In Perth they will flower from October to July.

      • My Burgundy did very well, blooming right up until the first frost. The real test will be the next few months. If it survives its first winter, it will be fine. I’ve got extra mulch mounded around its base. That has always worked for my other “new recruits.” Thanks for your help, Glenda, when I asked about this rose earlier this year. I’m very happy with it. 🙂

  4. I have a yellow iceberg it’s also stunning, and flowers much the same.
    Yesterday I came across the rose Shady Lady, speechless, just gotta have it.

    • Hi Julie, I didn’t know about Yellow Iceberg. It maybe because I am not much interested in yellow roses. Now Shady Lady is pretty special. I often wonder how much shade it will actually tolerate. I do know, notwithstanding its name, it still does better in the sun.

  5. Wow Glenda, that’s a stunner. I feel saddened seeing this, in a joyful way, as my oldest brother used to grow these, and many other beautiful roses in his garden. He is no longer with us, but roses often remind me of him. Tell me, please, if you don’t mind, see the roses in this post of mine, do you happen to know what they are? The red/cream and the pink? Many thanks xo

    • Hi Liz the red/cream one I do know but the name escapes me at the moment. We are going to Bridgetown tomorrow (where my books are) so I will be able to tell you then. I am not certain about the shaggy pink one but, as it is pretty distinctive, I may be able to find the name by turning pages in my books. I will let you know.

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