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'Belle sans Flatterie', introduced by Godefroy, France 1820. Likely originated in Holland, pre-1806.

Belle sans Flatterie
'Belle sans Flatterie' was once one of the most popular of the Gallicas, and for good reasons. It produces abundant bloom in large clusters over a long period in early summer. The shrub is an attractive rounded form, well covered in dark green smallish foliage, and has been completely disease free in my experience.

Blooms are as you see here, a deeper clear pink at the center, with a paler, more mauve-pink hue at the perimeter. Flowers are fully double, often showing a tendancy to quartering. The fragrance is very good also. I think this is one of the nicest of the pinkish mauve Gallicas, remaining tidy at all times, and providing an outstanding amount of bloom. It is certainly well worth having in a collection od Old Roses.

ARS merit rating: none assigned
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 3 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 3 to 4 feet tall X 3 feet wide

Fragrance: 4.0 strong Gallica scent, but on the sweet side.

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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