|Petite Orléanaise (unknown origin)|
Gallica blooms come in some of the darkest deepest purple of all roses...,
|Cardinal de Richelieu (Parmentier, 1847)|
|Alain Blanchard (Vibert, 1839)|
... or striped...,
|Cora (Savoureux, 1885)|
|Belle Biblis (Descemet, before 1815)|
Gallicas may be the oldest roses in cultivation, grown not only for their beauty but for medicinal properties ascribed to their petals and fruits.
|Grande Renoncule (unknown origin)|
|Rosa Mundi (sport of r. gallica officionalis, unknown origin)|
|Duchesse de Montebello (Laffay, 1824)|
But the show they put on is certainly worth seeing!
|Beau Narcisse (Miellez, before 1824) with James Mason (Beales, 1982)|
|Perle von Weissenstein (hybrid gallica, Schwarzkopf, 1773)|
|Sterkmanns (unknown Belgian breeder, 1842) colonizing the surrounding space (the main bush is on the right, and the suckers are on the left, some already blooming)|
|Scharlachglut (Kordes, 1952)|
|James Mason (Beales, 1982)|
|Marianne (Barden, 2001). Image courtesy of Paul Barden|
A mad gallica in full bloom is a sight not easily forgotten. These roses are very disease resistant and cold hardy. They are worth a try!
|Alexandre Laquement (Laqument, before 1906)|