Archduke Charles Rose

Archduke Charles Rose
Despite all the new rose varieties that are introduced each year, there is still a place in the landscape for the old garden roses. Archduke Charles rose is an example.

Archduke Charles Rose

This old garden rose has been around since 1825. It was bred by Dubourg in France and was introduced to America in 1840.

A China rose, it is recommended for zones seven through eleven. However, some sources say it is hardy to zone six. This is available from the Antique Rose Emporium.

The bushy plant is typically two to three feet in height, but under good growing conditions it has been known to three to five feet tall with a spread of three feet. The moderately vigorous plant has a fast growth rate. It is perfect for hedges, screens, small gardens, and for mass plantings.

This plant is an ideal choice for Victorian and other period gardens. Archduke Charles rose is a sun loving plant that prefers a moist (not soggy) soil.

The canes are sparsely thornny. Both the new foliage and the thorns are red.

According to rose experts, this rose is “generally identical to Old Blush, and must therefore be a sport, not a seedling of the rose.”

From late spring until mid fall, this rose is a repeat bloomer. This means it is pretty much blooming continuously all season. These roses make a great cut flower.

The blossoms are also a favorite among bees and butterflies. One of the charming attributes of these roses is that no two flowers will ever be identical.

Borne in clusters, these cupped, double roses are three to four inches wide with a petal count of thirty-five to forty petals. The blossoms are loose with an informal shape.

While many other kinds of blossoms will fade as they’re exposed to sun, those of Archduke Charles roses actually become more intensely colored over time.

Most of these roses are initially pink, which can be mixed with white or a pale blush. The outer petals are crimson. Red can also be found along the edges of the petals with this being cherry red. Over time, the entire flower will deepen to a medium red or crimson.

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