'Josephine' rose Description
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Red. Flowers bright cherry red. None to mild fragrance. Average diameter 6.5". Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Medium, upright. Large, matte, dark green foliage.
Height of 43" to 4¼' (110 to 130 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default). Can be used for cut flower or garden. Heat tolerant. Protect tender new spring growth from hard freezes that may cause canker, die-back and death of the plant. . Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that. Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood..
MONSTROUS buds & HUMONGOUS blossoms of rich ruby red hold their durable brilliance from beginning to end. IMMENSE petals (just one can cover a child’s palm) lend a classical Hybrid Tea bud shape, slowly spiraling open to a ruffled WHOPPER of a show-stopper. LARGE lettuce-like leaves of an unusual reddened green color gracefully enrobe the long cutting stems – in perfect proportion to the flower. Who needs a bouquet??? It only takes one PRODIGIOUS posy to fill a vase.
Oprah Winfrey was involved in the multi-year evaluation and final selection of the 'Legends' rose. Chosen to pay tribute to the wonderful women honored during Oprah's Legends Weekend.