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'Souvenir de l'Imperatrice Josephine' rose Description
'Empress Joséphine' rose photo
Photo courtesy of jedmar
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
88 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
ARS:
Medium pink.
Origin:
Bred by Jacques-Louis Descemet (France, before 1815).
Class:
Gallica / Provins, Turbinata.  
Bloom:
Pink, pink edges.  Cherry-pink.  Strong fragrance.  Large, semi-double to double, globular bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  
Habit:
Arching, bushy, few or no prickles/thorns.  Light green, dense foliage.  

Height: 4' to 5½' (120 to 165cm).  Width: 4' to 5' (120 to 150cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 4b through 8b.  Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood..  Prune after flowering is finished.  
Patents:
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
Parentage:
If you know the parentage of this rose, or other details, please contact us.
Notes:
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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