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Belle de Crecy, Likely by M. Hardy, France 1829.

Belle de Crecy'Belle de Crécy' is a fine member of the Gallica family. It was possibly raised by Alexandre Hardy at the Home of Madame de pompadour at Crécy, France. An entry in the 'Old Rose Adventurer' by Brent Dickerson suggests that while Monsieur Hardy was the introducer of this rose, it was in fact a Monsieur Roeser who bred it.

While likely a China-Gallica hybrid, 'Belle de Crécy' is fairly typical of a Gallica, forming a somewhat floppy, arching shrub of about 4 feet tall, and it has small reddish prickles on the canes rather than true thorns.

The bloom opens a cool mid-pink, and changes to violet as it ages, with the outermost petals becoming almost grey-blue. It is a very attractive combination! The fragrance is one of the most refined of all the gallicas, and a favourite of mine.  The photos shown here are quite true to color! That slatey mauve color is real! Blooms are borne in clusters of 3 to 7 or more, opening sucessively over a long time.

This is an outstanding shrub in all respects, and is in every way a gallica, in spite of it's possibly mixed parentage. It is a widely grown rose that is respected and loved by many gardeners. Highly recommended. Belle de Crecy

ARS merit rating: 8.1
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 3 to 8.
Shrub size: 4 to 5 feet tall X 4 feet wide

Fragrance: 4.0, strong mix of Gallica and "Old Rose" scent.

Alain Blanchard seedling,
(see Song of the Stars)
Chianti Gloire de France Sissinghurst Castle
Alika Complicata Henri Fouquier Song of the Stars
Allegra (new 2003) Cramoisi Picotee Hippolyte Surpasse Tout
Belle de Crecy "Deep Purple" James Mason Tricolore de Flandre
Belle Isis Désirée Parmentier La Belle Sultane Tuscany
Belle sans Flatterie Duc de Guiche Marianne Tuscany Superb
"Brooks Purple" Duc de Fitzjames 'Mécène' Tuscany Superb X Othello
Camayeux Duchesse de Montebello Nestor Un-named seedling
"Carol's Favorite" Ellen Tofflemire Orpheline de Juillet "William Grant"
Charles de Mills Empress Josephine Rosa Mundi Ypsilante
Cardinal de Richelieu Gallicandy "Rush Family Rose"  

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