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Rosa 'Falstaff'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Falstaff
Additional cultivar information: (PP13314; aka Falstaff, AUSverse)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral posyplanter 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.

Neutral Joan 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'.

Neutral chicochi3 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.


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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