'Rosa borboniana Desp.' rose Description
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Pink. Strong fragrance. 20 petals. Medium, semi-double to double bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Upright. Large, matte, dark green foliage. 5 to 7 leaflets.
Height of 6' 7" (200 cm).
USDA zone 5b through 10b. Vigorous.
'Rosier de l'Île Bourbon' is from hips received from the Île Bourbon (= Réunion). The hips were almost certainly originating from 'Rose Edouard' which was cultivated there and in Mauritius. The rose cultivated in India as R. borboniana is actually 'Rose Edouard'.