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One of the most beautiful old roses bearing large, loosely double blooms with wavy petals of an unusual papery appearance. Their colour is a clear rose-pink veined with deep pink. Although only once-flowering, the flowers are followed by a fine crop of large, orange, turbinate hips. ‘Empress Joséphine’ forms a good, bushy, almost thornless shrub with ample, very coarse, grey-green foliage.
Named after the great rose lover and collector, who probably did more than anyone else to establish and encourage interest in roses throughout Europe. At Malmaison, Empress Joséphine gathered together the largest collection of roses ever established up to her time. Bred by Descemet 1815.