'Boule d'Hortensia' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Woodbury, Celeste
Agatha/Agathe, Centifolia, Damask, Gallica / Provins.
Light pink, darker center, white edges. . Red buds. Strong fragrance. Average diameter 2". Medium, very double, cupped, quartered, rounded bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Height of 47" to 5' (120 to 150 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 8b. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant. Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood.. Prune after flowering is finished.
Some differences of opinion about breeder, see References for more information.
The current 'Aimable rouge' does not conform to early descriptions, and is possibly the Vibert version of 1819.
In September 1998, the Montreal Botanical Garden (Le Jardin Botanique de Montreal) carried out a survey of its roses' resistance to black spot, powdery mildew and rust. This is one of the outstanding varieties which showed a 0% to 5% infection rate. The data was taken on well-established roses.
Brent Dickerson, author of The Old Rose Advisor and The Old Rose Adventurer, says the breeder of this rose is Vibert and the date of introduction 1819... but he also says the breeder is Godefroy and the date pre-1811 (see References)... there were apparently two roses by this name. Pronville believes 'Aimable rouge' is the 'Royal Virgin Rose' pictured by Miss Lawrance.
To complicate matters further, this may or may not be the same rose as 'Great Royal' which was listed in the Wasemequia Nurseries Catalog of 1848-1849 and mentioned in The American Rose Annual of 1926, p. 14. That rose was described as "Red, hundred-leaved, tall."