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'Ypsilante', 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.

The 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 the way!)

ARS 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.


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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