Obsession® Floribunda Rose



Jackson & Perkins Rose of the Year 2015

Grace your garden with a red rose beyond compare. From its saturated scarlet blooms to its glossy, healthy foliage, this floribunda is simply flawless. When the big, red blooms open in summer they give you another reason to be obsessed: their mild, spicy fragrance.

Obsession was named Jackson and Perkins' Rose of the Year in 2015, and for good reason. The vivid red tones and intoxicating fragrance are beyond compare, and the fully double blooms average about 4 inches wide and offer 17 to 25 petals. The dark and glossy foliage also provides a classic contrast with the bright red blooms, creating an intensely romantic display. And the whole plant offers superb garden performance year after year.

Like other floribundas, Obsession excels at setting lots of blooms in a season, holding them in big clusters rather than on single stems. This makes them very showy and also excellent cut-flowers. You can cut a whole bouquet with one snip. Obsession is all the more impressive because of the blooms and their radiant color.

This compact shrub grows just about 3 feet high by 3 feet wide, making it great for creating a low hedge, filling out the front of rose beds, or foundation plantings under windows. Just be sure to plant it somewhere with good drainage and full sunlight. Prune it in early spring to remove dead wood, open up air circulation, and to keep the plant compact enough for its chosen garden spot. Once you realize how easy and rewarding to grow this rose is, you are sure to become obsessed.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Rosa
Variety 'JACessi'
Zone 5 - 10
Bloom Start to End Late Spring - Late Fall
Habit Compact
Plant Height 3 ft
Plant Width 3 ft
Bloom Size 4 in
Petal Count 25
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Bloom First Year, Free Bloomer, Pruning Recommended, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Red
Bud Shape Pointed
Flower Shape Double, Rounded, Ruffled
Foliage Color Dark Green, Glossy
Fragrance Light, Spicy
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Landscapes
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 6 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

May 26, 2020

Just so pretty

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This is a rose that every rose lover should grow as everything about it is wonderful. First the color is a beautiful scarlet red, the blooms last and last, and it is a prefect rose in every way possible. Everyone who likes roses should have this one in your garden. I love it. I ordered seven of these this spring after having two tree roses last year.

Jennifer Flynn from KY
May 12, 2020

just outstanding

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This is a great rose that last and last. I had gotten two tree roses of this rose last year and they have been in bloom for an extended time. I ordered more this spring in the regular shape and mass planted and I am looking forward to seeing them bloom. This is one that you need to keep in stock.

Jennifer Flynn from KY
April 03, 2020


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I bought two bare roots of Obsession three or four years ago, as they were on sale at the tale end of the bare root season. Upon receiving them, I was concerned that they looked "less than ideal", but that is the chance you take buying bare root late in the season. So I potted them, fed then and gave them a trial in my climate (High Desert, Zone 8B) to see what they would do. In their first season in a pot, they grew beautifully and flowered often, so I decided to put them in the ground the second year, and I couldn't be happier with them. Such a beautiful "lipstick red" rose, that just doesn't stop flowering until it freezes. The size of the rose is easily manageable, and additionally a very healthy rose. They are both proudly displayed in a planter near the street for all to see! I'm surprised that this rose isn't more talked about than it is, because it's one of the finest red roses I've ever come across. There are times during the day I make a special trip to just stare at it. Truly a rewarding rose to grow.

JD from CA
March 16, 2020

Rose obsession

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This rose is extraordinary. Long lasting color, blooms continously, with a lovely fragrance.

Mae from ME
July 21, 2018

My New Favorite

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I ordered 2 of these & I can't say enough good things about Obsession. The form is compact yet the stems space themselves out nicely. It has been a prolific bloomer for me, blooms lasting a long time. The color is a gorgeous, deep velvety red & it has a pleasant fragrance. Disease resistant, also. I love it!

Kathleen Phillips from AR

Choosing Your Roses

Bare root roses are the most common form of roses for spring and early season planting, and come in two types: grafted and own root.

Grafted Bare root Roses
Own root Bare root Roses

Grafted roses, sometimes referred to as budded bare root roses, have roots that belong to a different variety of rose than the shoots. While the shoots will grow into the variety of rose you've selected, the root variety has been specially grown and developed for hardiness, improved resistance to common diseases, and improved resistance to certain weather conditions. The roots on any grafted rose you receive are usually already two years old, so they'll establish in your garden more quickly when planted.

Own root roses are grown from rose shoot cuttings and develop their own root system. Unlike grafted roses, both their roots and shoots come from the same variety of plant.

All Jackson & Perkins bare root roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth in our state-of-the-art wet cooler, so they'll be delivered to you with no foliage or blooms. The wet cooler has a uniform storage temperature set just above freezing and uses a fog system to provide consistent humidity of 100%, ensuring the roses remain fully hydrated and don't exit dormancy before leaving our facility. While you might see some variance in size, even within the same variety of bare root rose, all our roses meet the same rigorous standards of quality.

So, not sure which type of bare root rose you should choose? Don't worry, we've got that covered. We've researched which varieties of bare root roses grow better as grafted or own root, and both types can be planted in the early spring months, so just choose the variety of rose you're most interested in and get planting.

Though you might be surprised or intimidated when you receive a box of bare root roses filled with roots and shoots, rest assured, with the proper care, these little bundles will grow into stunning roses.

Container Roses

Container Roses

Container roses are typically available in 2-quart sizes or larger and come with established foliage that may or may not have blooms. While bare root roses should generally be planted in early spring, container roses allow you quite a bit more flexibility in planting time, from spring all the way through fall in many zones. Fall can be a good season to plant container roses because it allows them enough time to establish themselves before cold or freezing temperatures arrive.

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The Jackson and Perkins Difference

Grown in California by the World’s Best Rose Professionals

California provides one of the finest rose-growing environments in the world. All of our roses are grown in soil that is tested and analyzed to ensure they are grown with the exact level of essential nutrients needed. The proper amounts of fertilizer, water, and nutrients are then added to the roses during their active growth cycle by our experienced rose growers.

Each rose is hand selected and prepared by seasoned professional rose growers. Our experienced growers are continually evaluating and testing the roses in the fields to ensure maximum rose health.

All of this tender loving care under the generous California sun results in a young but vigorously growing rose plant with a root system that is ready for fast blooming in your rose garden.

Exclusive and Superior Rose Breeding Process

Jackson and Perkins exclusive rose varieties have been bred to exhibit the most preferred rose characteristics for rose gardeners. It takes many years to develop a single rose variety, and our rose breeders have painstakingly evaluated, tested, and grown superior new genetic features into these new rose varieties for introduction.

The healthy rose plant canes are now hand groomed for the customers' garden presentation. The roses are then harvested at the perfect time in preparation for shipping and customer planting. All of these steps, from rose research, planting, budding, growing, harvesting and storing, are essential to ensure you receive a healthy, vigorous Jackson & Perkins rose plant, the WORLD’S FINEST ROSE.

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What to Expect

If this is the first time your are planting a bare root rose, you may be surprised by their brown roots and dormant stem. However, bare root roses provide the easiest and fastest way of planting roses without the concern of transplant shock.

Bare root roses may appear to be dead upon arrival, but the plants actually have the advantage of being able to focus their energies on strong root development rather than having to support an extensive and stressful growth of leaves right after planting.

Bare root roses are the best option for early-season planting. In fact, late winter is the best time to plant. Our bare root roses are fully established plants that 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. Of course, since they are not in soil when you get them, there's no mess to contend with.

Bareroot Roses

You can plant your bare root roses earlier in the growing season, since there are no 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 and no later than two weeks after that average date. Since they don't have to provide water to leaves or flowers, they usually establish faster than those that arrive in containers.

Due to the nature of plants and the fact that some are younger than others, there will be some variance in the size of our bareroot roses. However, they have all gone through the same quality inspections in order to make sure they meet the high standards we expect from all of our roses.

Gold Standard Stamp of Approval

Each Jackson and Perkins rose is individually inspected and graded to meet our standards for shape, viability, fragrance, and disease resistance.

Jackson and Perkins Exclusive Preservation Process

Our roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth utilizing a state-of-the-art wet cooler. By providing a uniform storage temperature just above freezing and employing a fog system to provide a consistent humidity of 100%, we are able to ensure that each of our roses remains fully hydrated and does not come out of its dormancy before leaving our facility. Bare root roses ordered elsewhere often arrive dry and shriveled. Through our exclusive preservation process, Jackson and Perkins is able to provide a fully hydrated premium bare root rose. Prior to entering the shipping container, we carefully wrap the root system to preserve the moisture and to provide a top-quality rose that is in optimal planting condition.

Gold Standard Stamp of Approval

Our Superior Bare Root Rose Growing Process

Our roses are hand budded by professional rose budders to ensure you receive a true-to-variety quality rose. This takes a special skill. These professional hand budders make sure the bud union lives and the rose plant becomes the premium Jackson and Perkins rose variety desired.

At the end of the rose growth cycle, when the rose plant has hardened off and is ready to be harvested, the roses are hand selected according to our top-quality Jackson and Perkins rose standards.

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