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'Hippolyte', aka: Souvenir de Kean, early 1800's, likely France.

'Hippolyte' offers the kind of color in a rose that attracts me to the Gallica class as a whole. When the blooms first open, it is a deep crimson-purple hue, and as it ages, it softens to a more grape-like deep mauve color. The individual blooms are smallish, about 2.5 to 3 inches across, but there are usually several open at the same time, as you see here. The scent is mild, and typically Gallica.

The shrub itself is a bit taller than the average Gallica, reaching 5 feet tall eventually. It is also a bit more lax than some of the others, and may be best with some support. Hippolyte has good disease resistance, (the Gallicas do NOT get Blackspot!) but will occasionally suffer from some mildew. Otherwise, this is a healthy, vigorous rose that once established, will potentially survive for many decades with little or no attention. A fine ambassador for the Gallica class.

Note: according to some writers, this rose is most appropriately classed as a Hybrid China because of its lax growth habit, larger plant size and lack of other Gallica traits.

ARS merit rating: none assigned
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 4 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 5 feet tall X 4 feet wide.
Fragrance: 3.5 Moderate Gallica fragrance.

Alain Blanchard seedling,
(see Song of the Stars)
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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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