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Belle Isis - Gallica Rose

Belle Isis

Gallica. Bred by Parmentier in France in 1845.
Use:
 
Small Shrub, Hedge, Bord
Color:
 
Pale Pink
Form:
 
Quartered
Fragrance:
 
Strong Myrrh
Remontance:
 
No
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
 
3 ft x 3 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Belle Isis has gained a considerable amount of fame for being the old rose parent of Constance Spry. As such, this rose has passed along its warm pink color, its disease-resistant constitution, and its powerful myrrh fragrance. As Paul Barden points out, it is not typical of gallicas in at least two ways: the color of the blossom is light and warmly colored, whereas most gallicas are darker and more purple; and the fragrance is distinctive. It's a tidy, compact shrub. One does not need a very large garden to have room for this rose, making it a welcome addition to many kinds of beds and borders. For all its solid features it rarely wows, and so will probably never get extremely popular.