Damask Rose, Portland Rose 'Rose de Rescht'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rose de Rescht
Additional cultivar information:(aka Rose de Resht)
Hybridized by Unknown
Registered or introduced: pre 1900
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Hybrid Perpetual


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Bloom Color:

Deep pink (dp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:


Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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

Oxnard, California

San Francisco, California (2 reports)

Windermere, Florida

Palmyra, Illinois

Camden, Maine

Reno, Nevada (2 reports)

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Elba, New York

Boone, North Carolina

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Providence, Rhode Island

Columbia, South Carolina

Richmond, Texas

Richmond, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Olympia, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 26, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Found by Miss Nancy Lindsey in 1945 in the town of Rasht---from which it gets its name---on Iran's Caspian Sea coast. She brought it home to England, and it returned to commerce about 1950.

This old rose often gets high ratings for disease resistance, and it is often recommended for beginning and organic gardeners. But every shrub I've seen in the humid northeast is sooty with blackspotted foliage from early July to frost. It doesn't even have the grace to defoliate.

As is usual with black spot, plants do not exhibit symptoms till after the big June bloom flush. Perhaps that is why some gardeners are willing to tolerate it.

The disease does not appear to affect this plant's ability to grow and bloom, which explains its persistent promotion as a... read more


On Jun 12, 2014, misstrickey from Stillwater, OK wrote:

I ordered this rose this spring from David Austin Roses as a bare root. It is the first of the 10 I ordered to bloom. It has many buds and a marvelous damask rose fragrance. I love it. It is flourishing in Stillwater, OK.


On Apr 5, 2014, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Great beauty with high fragrance like the perfumes in soaps and lotions. I rooted mine awhile back and this yr it blooms for the first time. From a small twig it grew into a shrub. The magenta color is rather unusual for an old fashion rose. At first the foliage is very healthy and then it got black spots but that doesn't bother me. The flowers are unaffected by the spots. I am running out of room so I stuck it in a shady spot and still it got a rather big flush of flowers.


On Dec 17, 2013, foxtrotter from Lemmon Valley-Golden Valley, NV wrote:

This plant is very hardy (-24F) and trouble free. It has great fragrance but the flowers are on very short stems, making it difficult to use as a cut flower. I did win best shrub with it at a local show.


On Jun 8, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Exquisite fragrance. Mine is planted is a part shady location and is doing well.

APRIL 2014: dead. Needs full sun. Also, mine might have gotten more water than it needed. Would love to grow again on the correct place as it's fragrance is heavenly.


On Sep 24, 2007, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

The first two years, this Rose was wonderful. However, in year three it developed blackspot and now, in year four, it is my far the most heavily blackspotted rose in my yard. The leaves are dark with it, and nothing worked. It is quite ugly. I started with a commercial baking soda with sticker solution, and finally moved to chemicals, without success. It has fairly wicked thorns, so removing the leaves is difficult, and they do not fall. It was also a japanese beetle magnet. If I could go back, I would not purchase it. I find it interesting that another Portland, Marchesa Boccela, had none of these problems. What puzzled me was that two separate books recommended it as a rose that could be grown organically.


On Jun 19, 2005, elaird from Boone, NC wrote:

This is an heirloom rose. It was originally bred in the mid-1800's and then rediscovered in Persia in 1945. The beauty of heirloom roses is that they haven't been weakened by modern hybridization techniques. They're hardy & generally less fussy than modern varieties. This is a beautiful magenta-colored, fragrant rose. I chose it because my yard only gets about 4-5 hours of sunlight a day, and most roses require full sun. The Rose de Rescht thrives in my yard.