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Rosa Zephirine Drouhin

A favorite in the garden since its introduction in 1868, especially in Europe

Item # 39970
Ships in Fall at the proper planting time for your zone. View Schedule
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Item # 37421

Richly colorful and blessed with an intoxicating, strong raspberry scent, Rosa Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose offers a tasty cocktail of vivid pink and liberating aroma. After taking in the charisma and romance, you'll quickly want to order another.

Introduced in France during the reign of Napoleon III, Rosa Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose remains one of the world's most popular climbing roses. Blooming prolifically in the spring and fall, with reddish-pink, 4-inch flowers composed of as many as 30 densely colored petals producing Bourbon-like fragrance, Rosa Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose remains a strong performer with remarkable stamina.

The relaxed, double blooms create an almost overwhelming sensory experience during spring and fall flushes. The foliage, a metallic purple when young, provides a medium-green complement to the deep pink blooms. The vigorous climber, which grows well in little sunlight, can reach 20 feet and can grow to 6 feet wide.

An outstanding choice for a trellis or porch, Rosa Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose also can be trimmed into a formal hedge. Don't worry about baseballs or flying disks under the bushes or clumsy missteps—these canes have no thorns that could leave a nasty scratch.

Flourishing best in moist, well-drained, loamy soil, this proven favorite thrives in a wide variety of other climates, too. For performance and stamina, Rosa Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose remains among the climbing elite.

Review Summary
(Based on 10 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Beautiful Rose but need full sun
Denise Parker from TN wrote on April 27, 2020:

I purchased 2 for my new home in 2018. One was placed in the very front of my home and one on the side. The side location was somewhat shady and has not bloomed to date yet it's still alive(the description stated it would grow well with little sunlight so I thought the side with its partial shade location would do but it didn't. You live and you learn. The one placed in the from of the house is blooming profusely. I moved the one located on the side to the front and I'm hopeful it will get what it needs there and will bloom just like the other. When that one rose blooms the smell and the visual is just incredible.

So far, so good!
Sherene from IL wrote on June 14, 2019:

I ordered five of these and planted them in March on the north side of my deck. It is now June and the first bloom has popped out! It smells amazing! More spicy than sweet, but a very lovely fragrance. I am very pleased with the condition of the plants and they all have done very well.

In Love
Susie from NC wrote on December 28, 2017:

My first plants did wonderfully in KS. Super growth and lovely blooms with an intoxicating fragrance. Saw the sale and decided now I need two more plants at my new home in NC!!

Best thornless climber, shade tolerance ever.
J. Miller from IN wrote on April 17, 2017:

Bought my first Zéphirine Drouhin over 20 yrs ago, now have to replace one of 4 for a trellis. Blooming in part shade, wonderful old-fashioned smell, they are all totally disease-free even here in humid Southern Indiana. Highly recommend.

Vigorous and Gorgeous
Lisette from FL wrote on April 02, 2016:

I purchase this climber (my very first rose ever) and it arrived early March here in Florida. I was afraid the sun on the south side of my house would burn the leaves (and afraid the north side would promote disease). WOW. In just under a month the rose is full of leaves and I already have two blooms. It's incredible!

Made in the shade
Stephen from NC wrote on April 09, 2015:

Initially I planted 3 plant in a 16' planter for a full sun trellace. The August NC sun was a bit hot for them. They now live on the north side of the house next to the main entrance. Yes, they are thornless. The only problem I have with them is that they are pretty susceptible to black spot. Otherwise beautiful, fragrant and frequent blooms.

Mary Smart from TX wrote on April 19, 2014:

This rose is beautiful and smells great. It has many flowers this spring. Highly recommended.

Fantastic Performer
J. Chambers from KS wrote on November 11, 2013:

Planted two of these on a north facing wall and even with the unusual growing season the midwest experienced this year (snow in May, endless rain in July) these roses did outstanding! Still growing, even now in November after two rounds of frost.

Grows in shade
Roya from VA wrote on September 05, 2013:

I really like their Zephirine Drouhin Climbing Rose. It's rare to find a rose that does well in shade.

Just about perfect for partially shaded area.
Mrs.Di from OH wrote on June 05, 2013:

The scent is very nice also.

Bareroot or Container?

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Have you browsed through your favorite gardening catalog or website looking for the newest roses to plant in your garden and wondered whether it would be best to choose bareroot roses or those in nursery pots? Or does it matter? If you’re like most rose gardeners, this question has come up at one point or another. And we want to help you find the answer as to what’s the best for you and your garden.

Bareroot Roses


Bareroot roses are an inexpensive and easy option for early-season planting. In fact, late winter is the best time to plant. Bareroot roses meet the highest industry standards. They arrive dormant, which makes them ideal for planting. The roots get to acclimate to native soil, as opposed to the packaged soil. And of course, since they aren't in soil when you get them, there’s no mess to contend with.

Bareroot roses may look dead, with their brown roots and dormant stem, but plants that arrive this way actually have the advantage of being able to focus their energies on strong root development rather than having to support an extensive growth of leaves during planting, which is very stressful.

You can plant your bareroot roses earlier in the growing season as well, since there aren't any leaves to get nipped back by frost. They can typically be planted as early as six weeks before your area’s last frost date in the spring. Since they don’t have to provide water to leaves or flowers, they usually establish quickly.

Container roses


Container roses should typically be planted in late spring and fall. They’re easy to plant (all you need is a trowel), and they provide instant gratification, as they aren't dormant and will have buds within a few short weeks, if they don’t when they arrive. They’re also perfect for transplanting into decorative containers and make an attractive gift.

Container roses are usually nicely leafed out, and may even have flowers on them, which is a great way for you to know when you purchase them what they’re going to look and smell like. As you can see, there are advantages to both bareroot or container roses, so whichever you decide is the best for your garden, we feel certain you’ll become a lifelong rose lover, if you aren't already!