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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
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.

Jackson & Perkins World's Finest Roses

The Jackson & Perkins Difference

Jackson & Perkins is one of the most recognized names in the gardening industry. In fact, for decades rose lovers have considered Jackson & Perkins synonymous with great roses. How has Jackson & Perkins earned this reputation? Simple, for over 100 years we have brought our customers the world's finest selection of roses.

Jackson & Perkins became a leader in the world of roses by producing dozens of award-winning roses. Jackson & Perkins has won more All-America Rose Selection awards than any other US company. In addition to the AARS awards, Jackson & Perkins has won numerous other awards, including the coveted Golden Rose of The Hague and the Royal National Rose Society’s President’s International trophy, among others.

From seed to market a new garden rose can take 8 to 10 years to develop. Every year, thousands of seedlings are grown but only a handful are selected to move into the trial phase. During this time, potential new roses are grown and evaluated in different climatic regions of the country. Our rosarians are looking for rose bushes that have stronger disease resistance, vigorous growth habits, and clean healthy foliage. When it comes to blooms, they are looking for improved flower form, unique colors, and strong fragrance.

Today Jackson & Perkins offers over 200 varieties of roses that includes a broad selection of exclusive roses, historical favorites, and innovative genetics from hybridizers around the world. We have two seasons each year for roses. In the spring, we offer bare root rose bushes, bare root 36” trees, 24” patio trees, and container grown roses. Our fall season is all bush roses, and they are available in 2QT and 1GL containers.

Whether you are new to roses or are an experienced rosarian, our online store has rose varieties for you. Our website is packed with information. You will find each rose fully described and lots of articles and videos that will help answer all your questions. Our call center staff have decades of experience and are just a phone call away.

Jackson & Perkins is here to help you in every way on your rose-growing journey.  There is no other plant in the garden that comes in more colors, fragrances, shapes, or forms, or performs as many functions than roses do.

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