Rose Type - Bourbon
History - Raised in France by Bizot in 1868. Dedicated to the wife of an amateur horticulturist.
Mature Size - Small climber 8' to 12'
Bloom measurement - 4"
Blooming - Blooms for weeks at a time, several times until frost
Pruning - As with most Bourbons, light pruning please
Scent Scale - 7+
Zepherine is a low climber and consistently thornless, so it's great for a draping over a short fence or wall without the risk of snagging passersby. Covered with cerise pink blooms for several weeks in spring, this plant has the typical strengths of a bourbon like, vigourous bushy growth, very floriferous and superior fragrance. As we all know, a bourbon weakness is a tendency to have blackspot if situated poorly. So, find a location with full sun and open circulation.
The flowers of Zepherine (pronounced Zeff - reen) are a bright magenta pink with buds opening to a loose rather casual looking bloom. When you consider the thornless branches, bright color and loose flower style, this rose would fit into the most modern of gardens.