Bred by J. P. Vibert, France 1821.
This rose has been a part of my collection for 4 years now, and I am
only offering this name as its tentative identification. 'Ypsilante's
descriptions most accurately fit this rose, especially the fact that
it is the last of my Gallicas to bloom in the spring. I think Suzanne
Verrier puts it most eloquently in saying, "The sweetly scented
flowers are lovely: lush and unchracteristically large, doubled and
swirling into irregular quarters." The blooms are a medium lavender-pink
hue, paling considerably towards the perimeter, and do indeed have a
fine, permeating scent. Blooms are long lasting as well.
shrub itself is robust, growing quickly to about 4 or 5 feet tall, and
somewhat sprawling as the branches are weighed down with the heavy blooms.
The foliage is full, and plentiful, resisting disease very well, with
the exception of the occasional bit of mildew late in the season. This
is a fine rose which I have seen growing extremely well under conditions
of absolute neglect, so you may want to consider it for tough spots
and poor soils. (This statement applies to most of the Gallicas, by
merit rating: none assigned
Personal merit rating: 7.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones
3 to 8, zone 3 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 5 feet tall X 4 feet wide .
Fragrance: 4.0, strong, sweet Gallica fragrance.
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