'Ispahan'

(Pronounced: iss-pa-HANN)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Ispahan' , 'Pompon des Princes' , 'Rose d'Isfhan'

'Ispahan'

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'Ispahan', which is also known as 'Rose d'Isfahan' and 'Pompon des Princes' is one of the finest Damask roses.

 

'Ispahan'

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Its large, loosely double flowers are borne in large clusters and are highly fragrant.

 

'Ispahan'

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The growth habit is upright, and the plants tend to spread by suckering.

 

'Ispahan'

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'Ispahan' blooms are among the most beautiful and fragrant of all roses, and one of my personal favorites.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Ispahan', which is also known as 'Rose d'Isfahan' and 'Pompon des Princes' is one of the finest Damask roses. It is extremely tough, carefree, and has one of the longest blooming seasons of any of the once-blooming roses.

Its medium sized, loosely double flowers are borne in large clusters and are highly fragrant.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Gallicanae

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

D

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Unknown  

INTRODUCED:

Ispahan was cultivated before 1832. Its origins are unknown, but it probably came from the Middle East.  

DATE:

Before 1832 [ Middle East ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    4 '     to    7 '           Width:    3 '     to    5 '



'Ispahan' forms an upright bush 4' - 7' high and 3' - 4' wide. The canes are long, upright, and slender.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is small, dark green, and rough with a slight bluish cast.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

O - Once. 'Ispahan' starts blooming early April in the Texas Hill Country and blooms for about 8 weeks.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    2.00"      to      2.50"           Cluster Size:    0      to      0           Petal Count:    30 to 35          

'Ispahan' flowers are medium sized (2" to 3") and loosely double.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

'Ispahan' blooms bright pink, fading slightly as they age.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

VF - Very Fragrant. 'Ispahan' has strong Damask fragrance.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 4 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Ispahan' is easily propagated from cuttings. It has a tendency to sucker and daughter plants may be harvested as well. It makes a good hedge plant.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Ispahan' is very hardy and tolerates poorer soils. However, it needs full sun to produce good blooms. It is hardy to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove some older wood after the summer flowering.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Suitable for hedging and fence rows
    ** Suitable for growing in pots
    ** Availability is limited  

ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Ispahan' grows wild in Iran between Shiraz and Ispahan, an old caravan trading center. It is still grown in walled gardens by residents of Shiraz.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 262.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 241.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 14.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, pp. 56, 171.