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'Duchesse De Montebello' rose References
Book  (2006)  Page(s) 12.  
 
..We now suspect this is a hybrid between Old European rose and Noisette. All white Gallicas may trace some ancestry to the original Noisettes.
Book  (2005)  Page(s) 54-55.  Includes photo(s).
 
'Duchesse de Montebello' Laffay, 1824-1825.
Charpente: arbuste élevé (2 m), raeaux ployant souvent sous le poids des fleurs, très peu d'aiguillons
Feuillage: petites folioles arrondies et fines, vert clair.
Fleur: solitaire ou par 2 ou 3, petite, double, rosette et petit bouton vert au coeur.
Couleur: rosa pâle au centre, presque blanc sur le pourtour.
Parfum: très fort: ce ne sont pas forcément les roses les plus sombres qui sont les plus parfumées.
Laffay...classait cette rose parmi les "rosiers de Bengale", c'est-à-dire les Chine, peut-être parce que c'était le résultat d'essais visant à hybrider Roses de France et Chine....Elle est dédiée à Mme de Guehénec, seconde épouse du maréchal Lannes, duc de Montebello...
Book  (2001)  Page(s) 396.  
 
Laffay, Jean
1826: 'Duchesse de Montebello' (HN)
Book  (Nov 1998)  Page(s) 18.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (Nov 1998)  Page(s) 22.  
 
Praised among Gallicas for many reasons, not the least of which is its tendency to be the first of the family to bloom. Blossoms are soft pink, fully double, and fragrant...
Book  (Jul 1998)  Page(s) 148-9.  
 
Duchesse de Montebello, Laffay, 1824-1825. References to catalogues from 1825-1836. ..It is quite difficult to classify this rose. Some of its traits belong clearly to Gallicas, but Laffay himself presented it as a hybrid china (Rosier de Bengale) ..and a number of later authors have followed him to date. Sometimes it is equally classified as an Alba, even as Centifolia!

In his catalogue of 1841, Laffay describes Duchesse de Montebello as delicate pink, full, flat, medium-size, nice ("rose tendre, pleine, aplatie, moyenne, belle")
Book  (1997)  Page(s) 143.  Includes photo(s).
 
Laffay (France) 1829. Description and vital statistics... small, fragrant, fully double flowers of soft feminine pink...
Book  (1995)  Page(s) 76.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (Nov 1994)  Page(s) 32.  
 
Laffay, France. It does not appear to qualify for this name by which it is so well known. Lax bushes. Clear blush-pink. It flowers early in the season...
Book  (Sep 1993)  Page(s) 153.  Includes photo(s).
 
Gallica. Some doubt that the rose we grow today is the one raised by Laffay in about 1838. That was classed a Hybrid China. One of the taller Gallicas... arching sprays of pale pink.
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