RoseFile Database

Hippolyte - Gallica Rose

Hippolyte

Gallica. Bred by Parmentier in France in pre 1842.
Use:
 
Shrub
Color:
 
Mauve
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
Moderate
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 4 - 8
Height & Width:
 
5 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Hippolyte's flowers have typical gallica traits; good fragrance, smallish cupped flowers that are beautifully muddled, grape purple to mauve coloration, and resistance to blackspot. The flowers tend to be nicely organized and colored with less gray than most in this color range. But it also has a more relaxed, branched habit and a large frame that descends from china roses. Peter Beales calls it "One of the best gallicas" before complaining that its lax habit means droopy flowers that can sometimes be difficult to see. Still, few roses produce flowers in quite this color and it may be useful precisely for that reason.