'Souvenir de la Malmaison Rouge' rose Description
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Bred by Jean Beluze
(France, before 1846).
Introduced in Belgium by Verschaffelt
in 1861 as 'Souvenir de la Malmaison à fleurs roses'.
Salmon-pink. Moderate fragrance. Large, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped-to-flat bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Height of up to 4' (up to 120 cm). Width of up to 3' (up to 90 cm).
USDA zone 5b through 10b. Can be used for container rose, cut flower or garden. Hardy. vigorous. Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood.. Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).
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There is a charming poem in the 'Comments' section indicating that this name should be pronounced as "Looshun-Gore".
Graville Leveson-Gower (October 12, 1773 - January 8, 1846), 1st Earl Granville, British statesman and diplomat, long-time ambassador to France.
William Leveson Gower, Esq., Titsey Place, near Godstone, horticulturist
While some authorities report that Leweson-Gower is a pink-red sport of 'Souvenir de la Malmaison', genetic testing does not confirm that speculation. See Comments & Questions for an comment by the author of that study. The synonyms 'Souvenir de la Malmaison rose' and 'Souvenir de la Malmaison rouge' are often confused in literature and in nurseries.
'Souvenir de la Malmaison à fleurs rose' was a similar rose bred in Gent in 1861.