Rosa ‘Marchesa Boccella’

double pink old-fashioned rose

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Outstanding Qualities

Rosa 'Marchesa Boccella' is an antique rose (or old garden rose) with flowers that you might see in a Dutch masters' painting. As with many roses popular in the 1800s, when 'Marchesa Boccella' originated, the flowers are very full, and the numerous, short petals enfold one another in quarters around a button eye. Cotton candy pink flowers fade to soft pink at their petal edges; they are very fragrant. Its leaves are strong, leathery, and disease resistant, with the terminal leaflet being exceptionally long and narrow. This rose can be grown in a very large container or grouped with any cottage garden-style border perennials.

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: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: summer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: cream, lavender, pink

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
Introduced in 1842 this rose has a long and complex nomenclatural history, i.e., the name has not always been straightforward. Rosa 'Marchesa Boccella' has been misspelled (Marquise Bocella; Marquise Boçella) and the name Rosa ‘Jacques Cartier’ has been incorrectly applied to 'Marchesa Boccella' for decades. Go to to read a detailed description of this rose cultivar written in 1996 by Dr. Charles A. Walker, Jr., president of The Heritage Rose Foundation.