English Rose, Austin Rose 'Sophy's Rose'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sophy's Rose
Additional cultivar information:(PP11422, aka AUSlot)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1998
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:

Medium red (mr)

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

Stems are moderately thorny

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Alexander City, Alabama

Williford, Arkansas

Rancho Mirage, California

Denver, Colorado

Lake Alfred, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Coushatta, Louisiana

Alfred, Maine

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Independence, Missouri

Bronx, New York

Brooklyn, New York

Cutchogue, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Hinckley, Ohio

Austin, Texas

Gilmer, Texas

Willis, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 21, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Hot pink/red 5" flowers with full, old-fashioned rosette form, 41-50 petals. Strong tea fragrance. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.

This was listed among the top performers at the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, where no fungicides are used.

US PP # 11,422 1998
EU Patent 4617 1999

Parentage: AUSpero x seedling


On Oct 10, 2010, roseaholic from Williford, AR wrote:

I absolutely LOVE this rose!!! I have 3 of these bushes, & they are all looking GREAT & still blooming beautifully! I also ADORE the color of this rose! It is not red at all, but a shocking hot pink! AWESOME!!!
HIGHLY recommended!!!


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 Dyslexia Action.


On Jan 9, 2007, amarettonc from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Grows very vigorously, one of the first roses to bloom and the last to stop blooming. It was rarely without a bloom all summer even in over 100 degree heat. It did not get much blackspot, but it did get a bad case of powdery mildew early in April, but it shrugged it off and bloomed prolifically afterwards. Light scent.


On Oct 27, 2006, JeanneTX from Willis, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Hot pinkish Red Rose is one of David Austin's best IMHO. It blooms Profusely..Jeanne