Rosa ‘De Rescht’

double purple old-fashioned rose

Rosa 'De Recht'

'Rose de Rescht'

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

A mysterious past swirls around the origin of this rose, but there is no mystery about whether it is worth growing! ‘De Rescht’ combines good form, intense fragrance, and bold flower color; however, its charms belie its tough constitution. The flowers are rich fuchsia-red with tints of purple, fading to magenta-pink. They are shaped into tight rosettes that almost resemble pompons and are produced in small, upright clusters. The flower stalks are short, allowing the flowers to nestle among the dark green leaves. These sweet flowers can be floated in a bowl of water for decoration, but 'De Rescht' does not produce hips in autumn. This compact grower is suitable for a large container or small garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: best in full sun, but will flower fine in light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: exquisite summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: pink, lavender, cream

Culture Notes
This compact rose grows best in rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay. The flowering will be best in full sun, but it will still produce a good show in light or open shade. Although it will tolerate a considerable amount of drought, occasional watering during dry weather will keep it looking its best. No pruning is needed to maintain its low habit. The old faded blooms are generally hidden by new growth. It has good disease resistance.
Geek Notes
This rose was rediscovered by Nancy Lindsay in England and "introduced" prior to World War II, but some rosarians believe that it may be the very old 'Rose du Roi.' The foliage is Gallica like, but its short flower stalks suggest some Damask parentage.