Heritage rose - 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'
Bourbon, Jean Beluze, France (Lyon-Vaise), 1843.
Synonym: ‘Queen of Beauty and Fragrance’
Origin: ‘Madame Desprez’ (Desprez, Bourbon, 1831) x a Teaé (pmay be ‘Devionensis’)
Bush of about 1.50 m, erected, almost thornless, just a few short thorns.
Large flower (10 cm), often solitary, many very fine petals arranged in quarters. Very reblooming.
Satin pink, more intense in the center and in the hollow of the petals. Almost white when fading.
Gentle and subtle fragrance.
Vigorous shrub, fairly resistant to disease and easy to grow.
Does not like severe pruning.
This rose is in the Top 10 Old Rose Hall of Fame, a list of heritage roses recognised as being of historical importance by the WFRS (World Federation of Roses Societies).
A very beautiful flower, a robust bush with abundant flowering from June to autumn. The fall flowering is particularly magnificent (if the weather is not too rainy). Southern French climate iis particularly favourable to this rose. Elsewhere, it should be planted in the shelter of a wall to protect it from the rain.
Its name, its history:
The name of this rose comes from the famous rose garden of Empress Josephine at Malmaison.
It is one of the first roses from Lyon (1843), and it remains one of the most beautiful. The Americans call it the 'Queen of Beauty and Fragance'. Beluze was (along with Plantier, for example) one of the first two or three horticulturists from Lyon to specialise in the otention of new rose varieties.
This rose has given several mutations, among which :
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