Bourbon Rose 'Variegata di Bologna'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata di Bologna
Hybridized by Lodi-Bonfiglioli
Registered or introduced: 1909
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Red blend (rb)

Bloom Shape:




Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Susceptible to black spot

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:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Redondo Beach, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Newton Highlands, Massachusetts

Sparks, Nevada

Brooklyn, New York

Jamestown, Ohio

Maryville, Tennessee

Copperas Cove, Texas

Red Oak, Texas

Linden, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 8, 2012, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

We planted this rose in spring of 2011, and the summer 2011 was a horribly hot dry summer.

Just today, April 8, Easter Sunday, she is blooming, two blooms, pale pink streaks with white. Fabulous scent. Too bad this cultivar only blooms a short while each year. I just ordered two more from Antique Rose Emporium!


On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

The scent of this rose is wonderful ! I have it on a trellis as it grows somewhat like a arching shrub. The scent fills my garden in the spring. Sadly it only blooms once a year .


On Jun 1, 2011, smallville from Newton Highlands, MA wrote:

I believe this one, which I have had in a border for twenty years, came from Roses of Yesterday and Today. It is fairly upright in habit and hardy here, which is zone 6a. There have been occasional bouts of black spot, but it always made sturdy new canes. Grown in association with various blue flowers (originally used similarly upright delphiniums), it strikes that patriotic theme close to the Fourth of July. Has been known to repeat bloom in September, maybe on spring or summer pruned wood. I'll watch closely this season and report back. Nice classic rose fragrance. It's been one of the stalwarts in my garden, along with Constance Spry (David Austin), Queen of Denmark (alba), Charles de Mills (Gallica - but careful, invasive as all get out), Salet (moss) and Penelope (hybrid moss). These... read more


On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Blooms once a year, with cup-shaped white and magenta-striped blooms.