Damask perpetual rose

Rosa 'Rose de Rescht'

Photo/Illustration: 
Delilah Smittle
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Damask perpetual rose (Rosa 'Rose de Rescht')
ROE-sah
Genus:  Rosa
This compact rose has fragrant, fuschia-red flowers packed with petals that fade to purple as they age. It grows up to 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, and blooms from spring to fall. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Damask perpetual roses are the hardiest, most disease-resistant of the repeat-blooming antique roses. They contribute fragrance, vigor, and a long flowering season to the mixed border. A compact, tidy habit makes them suitable for small gardens. 
Care:  Grow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Provide good air circulation and remove fallen leaves to help prevent disease. After flowering, prune lightly or back by up to 1/3, reducing side shoots by 2/3. To renovate, prune one in four shoots from the base and trim the rest back by 1/3.
Propagation:  Take softwood cuttings when bloom initiates in spring to summer; take hardwood cuttings in fall.
Problems:  Aphids, leafhoppers, spider mites, scale, caterpillars, sawfly larvae, cane borers, Japanese beetles, rose stem girders, rose midges, rose slugs, rose chafers, leaf-cutting bees, black spot, rust, powdery mildew, crown gall, canker, dieback, downy mildew, viruses.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Hedge,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Trellis
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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