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Plant Profile: Rosa ‘Ispahan’

rose IspahanWith fragrant mid-pink flowers this Damask rose is one of the favorite old garden roses of many distinguished rose growers. Clusters of up to fifteen large double roses are produced over a six week bloom period in spring or early summer and are good for arrangements. The petals in the center of the flowers in the center of the flower arranged around a button are a slightly darker pink than the others petals. The plants are semi-evergreen, vigorous, disease resistant, and tolerates some shade and poor spoil. The origins of the rose are obscure but it was probably bred before 1812 in Persia. It was introduced to England by Norah Lindsay and is named after the Iranian city, Isfahan.

Type: Damask

Origin: c 1812

Parentage: Unknown

Flower Size: 2.5-3.5” across

Petal Count: Double (17-25)

Scent: Strong and sweet

Flowering: Once in spring or summer but has long bloom time.

Plant Size: 4-8 ‘ H x 2-5’ W

Hardiness: Zones 5-9

ARS Rating: 8.7

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