Damask Rose 'Ispahan'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ispahan
Additional cultivar information:(aka Pompon des Princes, Rose d'Isfahan)
Hybridized by Unknown
Registered or introduced: pre 1827
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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:

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

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:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Gardiner, Maine

Litchfield, Maine

South Dennis, New Jersey

Collierville, Tennessee

South Burlington, Vermont

Huntington, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 13, 2022, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:

It is putting out abundant lovely blooms in my zone 7b garden now. Love the fragrance!


On May 21, 2010, colibri82 from Huntington, WV,
United States wrote:

I planted Ispahan 15 years ago. From the beginning it proved to be a prolific bloomer ( starting in early May and lasting into June). It's growth habit is incredible, putting out 10 or more 12'-15' new canes every year. My plant, which is grown on it's own roots measures 7' x 12' and that is with canes heavy with blooms arching to the ground. I remove canes every season and have finally discovered how this rose wants to live.

This year I will remove all but 12 of the strongest new canes and peg them to the ground (there are probably 45 canes from the roots on this plant). This plant is a monster and I love it! It is absolutely stunning when in bloom and has no problems with any bugs or diseases and rarely any winter die-back but you'd best have lots of space if you let it ... read more


On Aug 2, 2007, winterrobin from South Dennis, NJ (Zone 7b) wrote:

A once-bloomer but with a very long bloom period - up to 5 weeks of fresh, perfect clear pink blossoms with a glorious damask fragrance.