Breeder unknown. Date: pre-1860.
Very little is known about this rose, its origin and history obscured
by the passage of time. In many ways, this is a typical Centifolia rose....the
characteristic rich pink coloring, full-petalled blooms with rich fragrance,
and arching growth habit all indicate Centifolia influence. However,
to our benefit, 'Duchesse de Rohan' has the ability to produce a modest
repeat of its bloom throughout the season! I have a plant that is 2
years old now, and it produced several flushes of bloom from May through
de Rohan' is a fairly large shrub, acheiving a mature height of 5 feet
by 4 feet wide, with an upright, slightly arching habit. In all likelihood,
it will be completely hardy to at least zone 5, and possibly colder
Beales has suggested that this may in fact be a primitive Hybrid Perpetual.
I tend to agree, as the upright growth habit and regular repeat of bloom
is very much like a Hybrid Perpetual. Either way, this is an excellent
rose, and one of my absolute favorites for fragrance.
merit rating: None assigned
Personal merit rating: 9.0
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 to
8, possibly zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 5 feet tall, X 4 feet wide.
Fragrance: 4.5 Intense Centifolia fragrance! One of
my most fragrant roses!
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