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Surpasse Tout, breeder unknown, likely France circa 1811.

'Surpasse Tout' has undoubtedly survived for nearly two hundred years in cultivation for obvious reasons; this is a beautiful plant. Candy pink blooms of perfect OGR form; fully double in layers of folded, crimped petals finishing with a pale pink button eye. It also has a very nice perfume. The blooms are not large (3 inches) but there are many of them over a long period.

This charming Gallica is new to my collection in 2004 and so I will undoubtedly have more to say about its merits as time passes. I can already say that it has shown superior disease resistance, shunning Blackspot completely and getting only a bit of Mildew late in the dry part of August.

ARS merit rating: None
Personal merit rating: 8.5, but under assessment.
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 3 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: likely 3 to 4 feet tall X 4 feet wide.
Fragrance: 3.5, good Gallica 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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