Antique, Hybrid Perpetual, Old Garden Rose 'Marchesa Boccella'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Marchesa Boccella
Additional cultivar information:(aka Jacques Cartier, Marquise Boccella)
Hybridized by Desprez
Registered or introduced: 1842
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Hybrid Perpetual


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Bloom Color:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are very 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:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

San Francisco, California

Evergreen Park, Illinois

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Buffalo, New York

Marion, North Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Maryville, Tennessee

Houston, Texas

Nevada, Texas

Victoria, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 15, 2016, Ves from Buffalo, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Excellent antique rose for cold climates. It's hardy and thrives quite well in my zone 5b/6a. It does need some winter protection which I provide with extra mulch around the base, removing it in spring. I grow it in full sun and well-composted soil. Beautiful flowers will rebloom if the plant is fertilized once or twice (I just use a bonemeal) and the scent is delicate but wonderful. An enchanting smaller rose bush.


On Jul 17, 2014, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I've seen this rose around SF, CA for sometimes. Again at the SJ Heritage Rose Garden where I took the photos. I didn't know I've rooted some cuttings but they didn't bloom until 2 yrs later. Like most of my antique rose cuttings they don't immediately bloom the first yr. Its a healthy little plant with no obvious diseases. Nice scent with the most wonderful shades of pale pinks. The fragrance reminds me of baby powder and musty. It reblooms spring summer and fall. I've put it in a rather shady area with no ill effects. Not as robust as some of the hybrid teas but then again I don't need some big monster to tame. Its good as a low growing plant.


On Mar 25, 2011, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:

Small marble sized buds with a deep open "eye" in the center burst into fully open 3" + flat blossoms almost overnight. The fragrance is outstanding.