Rose (Eng.), Roos (Afr.)
The climbing form of the famous old Bourbon Rose, Souvenir de la Malmaison has large, quartered, very pale pink flowers, very beautiful but, unfortunately, are susceptible to rain damage. Sweet fragrance. A little repeating, with strong growth. It produces clusters of large pale pink flowers throughout spring, summer and into autumn, with a distinct spicy scent. While slightly more temperamental when faced with cold weather compared to other roses, the blooms are beautiful when not affected by black spot and mildew. The Bourbon rose was created in 1843 by Lyon rose breeder Jean Béluze, who named it after the Château de Malmaison, where Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763–1814) had created a magnificent rose garden. It is probably a cross between 'Mme Desprez' and 'Devoniensis'. The plant has a reputation for lack of winter hardiness and for responding poorly to pruning.