'Camayeux', Bred by Gendron of Angers, introduced by Vibert, France 1830.
Of all the striped Gallicas, the one most often grown is 'Rosa Mundi'. However, I feel that 'Camayeux' is a much nicer rose, with greater delicacy of form and habit. This is a tidy, compact growing rose, which will take a couple of years to reach its mature size of about 3 feet tall and wide. It appears to be quite disease free for me. (and in case you were wondering, 'Camayeux' is the correct spelling of this name, not 'Camaieux', as has been the practice to date. Reference: Brent Dickerson in "The Old Rose Adventurer")
'Camayeux' is a very dependable Gallica, always performing well in various weather conditions, climates and soils. The less double blooms like this don't ball in wet weather, which is a plus if you live in a damp place. As with all Gallicas, this rose will spread by suckers if grown on its own roots, so if you wish to avoid having it spread, you would be better to obtain a grafted plant. Growth habit is compct and especially twiggy compared to most others of this clan, and it is perfectly hardy to at least zone 4.
As you can see by the photo, the coloring of the bloom is a deep magenta striping on top of a pale pink to white ground. As the blooms age, the magenta hue shifts to a more mauve color, and finally, it becomes a slatey grey-mauve hue. It may not be to everyone's tastes, but I find the changing colors to be very attractive. The scent is a refined mix of Gallica and something sweeter, almost like Sweet Peas.
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