'Archduke Charles' rose Description
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Registration name: Archduke Charles
Bred by Dubourg
(France, circa 1825).
Introduced in France by Jean Laffay
in circa 1825 as 'Archduke Charles'.
Pink, ages to crimson . Mild fragrance. Average diameter 4". Medium, double (17-25 petals), cluster-flowered, cupped, flat bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Thornless (or almost), upright. Dark green foliage. 3 to 5 leaflets.
Height of 3' to 5' (90 to 150 cm). Width of 3' (90 cm).
USDA zone 7b through 10b. Drought resistant.
The Archduke Charles was the father of the Emperor Franz Joseph, the longest serving ruler in European history.
Recent genetic studies have shown that 'Archduke Charles' is genetically identical to 'Old Blush' and must therefore be a sport, not a seedling of this rose.