Bourbon Rose 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Souvenir de la Malmaison
Additional cultivar information:(aka Queen of Beauty and Fragrance)
Hybridized by Beluze
Registered or introduced: 1843
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Bloom Color:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly


Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:


Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Phoenix, Arizona

Davis, California

Grass Valley, California

Lincoln, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Snellville, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)

Echo, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

Ozone Park, New York

Marion, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Yukon, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Austin, Texas

Bellaire, Texas

Houston, Texas (4 reports)

Lorena, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Norfolk, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 31, 2015, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Seeing this rose for the first time is like falling in love. It has a very light pink color and photos never do it justice. You think it will fade into white but it holds on to this light color. It has very soft petals and it doesn't ball here because we have very dry weather all yr round now. The flower last a good 2 weeks. It keeps on blooming but it gets black spots. Love the fragrance which is very wonderful balance of sweet and spice. Flower shape is flat and like a cabbage.


On Apr 6, 2015, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

I've had my bush for 28 years and, if anything, it only gets better. It has rooted out into a wider bush than one might expect (about 4' by 5' in height), blooms constantly, has a fabulous fragrance and is just gorgeous. It does get a little black spot, but just drops those leaves to put on clean ones. I do not spray my roses and only feed twice a year.


On Jan 9, 2010, Marisa_K from Lincoln, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I thought the color of this rose looked a little...well, blah...from photos, but the form is gorgeous in my book and I'd heard rave reviews so I went ahead and ordered it. This is just the best little plant I could ever ask for. The rest of my roses are taking their winter nap, pruned, leaves stripped, etc. This one is still blooming. It has seven buds right now. It bloomed over the holidays, when temperatures were down in the 20's. The summer heat (regularly over 100 degrees) doesn't faze it, either, as long as it gets enough water. And the color doesn't look washed out/faded at all. It's a very light pink, but still vibrant, like pale strawberry yogurt. The fragrance is sweet and it's a blooming machine.

I'd recommend placing it where you can see it, maybe next ... read more


On Jan 6, 2010, kgaddba from Missouri City, TX wrote:

Beautiful, wonderful rose. Blooms all the time. Very carefree. Delightful fragrance. Not too big.


On Jan 24, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My plant was a rooted cutting from my DF's rose. Very beautiful, very fragrant, very hardy. Rebloomer. Mine is planted inground, full TX sun. Suitable for growing in pots.


On Oct 15, 2006, tbyrd1950 from Lorena, TX wrote:

This is one of my all time favorite roses. The color is the most delicate pink. In Central Texas, it rarely gets disease, but does tend to have a little bit of blackspot in the more humid parts of the state. The bush is low, under 3 feet for me, and the leaves a dark green.


On Jul 9, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This rose is the softest baby pink and has a wonderfully light and pleasant fragrance. It seems to spend most of it's energy blooming and not getting too big.


On Feb 13, 2001, Grits from Pineville, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

1843 3-5' x 3-4' Flowers repeatedly. zones 6-9
Very hardy, no freeze-back even in the coldest Pennsylvania; a moderate grower, but a profuse all-season bloomer. The flower is large, many-petalled, pearly soft flesh-pink. Full, tight buds open slowly to show many tightly curled petals full of fragrance. Well suited as a hedge.

An old-world rose which speaks of history, romance and 19th century "Paris in Spring."