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'Empress Joséphine' rose Description
'Empress Joséphine' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Museo Giardino della Rosa Antica
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HMF Ratings:
83 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
Medium pink.
Bred by Jacques-Louis Descemet (France, before 1815).
Gallica / Provins, Turbinata.  
Pink, pink edges.  Cherry-pink.  Strong fragrance.  Large, semi-double to double, globular bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  
Arching, bushy, thornless (or almost).  Light green, dense foliage.  
Height of 4' to 5½' (120 to 165 cm).  Width of 4' to 5' (120 to 150 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 8b.  Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood..  Prune after flowering is finished.  
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R. francofurtana is a class of species crossings, of which there have been a number of cultivars. 'Empress Joséphine' or 'Impératrice Joséphine' (see) is one such, which is often confused with the botanical R. francofurtana. 'Impératrice Joséphine' is strongly fragrant and semi-double to double, while 'R. francofurtana' is slightly fragrant and single to semi-double.

DNA analysis has shown 'Impératrice Josàphine' to be closely related to 'Versicolor'. - see References.

The Swedish Rose Society recommends Empress Josephine for northern Sweden.
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