Souvenir de la Malmaison
‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ is a rose cultivar with large, very pale pink, flowers that open flat. The Bourbon rose was created in 1843 by Lyon rose breeder Jean Béluze, who named it after the Château de Malmaison, where Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763–1814) had created a magnificent rose garden. It is probably a cross between ‘Mme Desprez’ and ‘Devoniensis’. The flowers are quartered and very filled and appear in clusters. They have a moderately strong tea-rose fragrance. Because the flowers are quite solid, they may rot in damp weather. ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ has few thorns and grows to between 1 and 2 metres (3.3 and 6.6 ft) high and about 1 meter (3.3 feet) wide. The light green leaves are large and glossy. The plant has a reputation for lack of winter hardiness and for responding poorly to pruning. In colder, rainier climates, the cultivar can be susceptible to mildew and black spot.
|Dimensions||30.5 × 45.7 cm|