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English Rose, Austin Rose
Rosa 'Falstaff'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Falstaff
Additional cultivar information:(aka Falstaff, AUSverse)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1999
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:

Dark red (dr)

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


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Corte Madera, California

Desert View Highlands, California

Lombard, Illinois

Palmyra, Illinois

Pekin, Indiana

Somerset, Kentucky

Amherst, New Hampshire

Southold, New York

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

El Paso, Texas

Farmville, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Hurricane, West Virginia

Merrimac, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 5, 2012, posyplanter from Farmville, VA wrote:

I've grown this for several years, mainly because I absolutely love the purple-red, very fragrant blooms. Very long lasting, too. It is however prone to blackspot, in my area. I put up with the extra coddling and spraying because the blooms are so beautiful. I garden organically, so I use neem spray to prevent/treat the blackspot.


On Nov 14, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

According to David Austin's 2009 Handbook of Roses, they named this rose for Falstaff, the central character in Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'.


On Jun 21, 2007, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

The canes on this rose don't seem to be strong enough to hold up the flowers. They're always drooping.