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China-Bengale Rose, Tea Rose 'Louis-Philippe'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Louis-Philippe
Additional cultivar information:(aka Florida Rose, King of France, Louis Philippe d'Angers, President d'Olbecque, Purple Triumphant)
Hybridized by Gurin
Registered or introduced: 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

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:

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

Tampa, 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 (2 reports)

Texarkana, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.