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Robert le Diable - Gallica Rose

Robert le Diable

Gallica. Bred by in in 1885.
Use:
 
Mounded
Color:
 
Mauve
Form:
 
Muddled
Fragrance:
 
Strong
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
 
4 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 

Comments The flower is purple and it fades to a soft, dusky mauve or soft violet. Although high-centered in bud it opens to a flower whose center is packed with narrow, pleated petals arranged radially. Fragrance is strong. Foliage is a rich green. Sepals are long and there is the vaguest hint of moss. The plant is vigorous, cold hardy and disease-resistant. Sadly it blooms just once a year.

BTW: There is a story that a rose by the name of Robert le Diable was imported to Paris by Sisley & Vandael early in the ninteenth century and it was "flesh" colored. This would make it a warm and pale pink. But the one in commerce today is purplish. What I find astonishing is that rosarians can distinguish roses clearly from curt descriptions in old catalogues. Compare the two photos below A and B. Now, without looking at the titles, which is Robert le Diable? Now, quickly, what's the difference? The good news is that in this case it's clear and communicable. But in most cases the differences are much more difficult to make with certainty.