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Rosa 'Louis Philippe'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Louis Philippe
Additional cultivar information: (aka Crown, Florida Rose, Louis Philippe d'Angers, President d'Olbecque)
Hybridized by Gurin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1834

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Red blend (rb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew

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:

Positive bekados On Mar 30, 2009, bekados from Pensacola, FL wrote:

Beautiful rose! Now that I have it, I wouldn't be without it. It was given to me as a "Seven Sisters" rose but I knew that couldn't be right so I just called it my Ruby Red. I use the roses to make rose potpourri. It's such a generous bloomer, that I will never miss the roses I pluck. Mine does fall prey to black spot on occasion and to aphids but this plucky plant is so hardy that the overall quality and beauty of the plant is unaffected.

Positive Khyssa On Jul 9, 2004, Khyssa from Inverness, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

When I first bought this rose I was told that it was called a Cracker rose. That was at least 8 years ago. I now have 2 of them, both about 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. When they get this big though they have to be supported by some type of heavy duty trellis or they fall over. One of my bushes is woven into a 6 foot tall board fence. The bushes bloom year round where I live in central Florida and don't seem to be effected by pests or diseases. They also have a fantastic fragrence.

Positive suncatcheracres On Aug 28, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I bought this rose last Spring as an "antique" rose, which are the only roses that seem to resist black spot here in our very wet Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, climate. It is still in a pot, but growing beautifully, and has flowered sporatically during our long, cool and wet summer--for us anything under 90F degrees is cool in August. It will be planted in a prominent place this fall, as the small, velvety, cerise-red flowers, with little white centers, is quite dramatic looking. The new foilage has an attractive reddish tinge.

Positive Toxicodendron On Aug 28, 2003, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I obtained a rooted cutting of this rose while working in Florida. With some trepidation, I planted it outside here in zone 6. It has gone through 2 winters very well, with no protection. However, the china roses are actually all warm climate roses, and continue growing all the time (resisting dormancy), so if we have an unusually cold winter I may lose it. I love it's blended colors of pink and red, it's cupped shape, and it's wonderful fragrance. It seems quite resistant to all rose diseases so far.


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

Daleville, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
San Jose, California
Auburndale, Florida
Bowling Green, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Inverness, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Ormond Beach, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Stuart, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Barnesville, Georgia
Brunswick, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Covington, Louisiana
Echo, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Charleston, South Carolina (2 reports)
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Richardson, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Texarkana, Texas
Winnsboro, Texas

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