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Empress Josephine - Gallica Rose

Empress Josephine

Gallica. Bred by Descemet in France in pre 1815.
Use:
 
Shrub, Border
Color:
 
Pink
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
None
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Profuse
Bloom Size:
 
Large (4-5 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 3 - 9
Height & Width:
 
5 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Empress Josephine has survived and is a popular rose because of the size, beauty, and plentitude of her flowers. The color is an unusually warm pink for flowers of that era. Reports on fragrance vary. Even David Austin who is a staunch supporter of rose fragrance and judges this rose lacking in that respect finds this to be one of the "most beautiful Old Roses." It would look especially good sharing a bed with Chapeau de Napoleon, I think.

BTW: HMF helpfully points out that Empress Josephine, which is a member of the a group of cultivated roses known as francofurtanas has, from time to time been confused with R. francofurtana a species rose which has little fragrance. In any case, it would seem that one part of selecting this rose for the garden would include testing its flowers for fragrance.