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'Gallica Maheca' rose Description
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Dark red.
Registration name: La Belle Sultane
Bred by Unknown Dutch origin (Netherlands, before 1795).
Gallica / Provins.  
Crimson.  Strong fragrance.  Average diameter 4".  Single to semi-double, cupped bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  Glandular sepals buds.  
Medium, well-branched.  Large, matte foliage.  5 leaflets.  
Height of 5' to 7' (150 to 215 cm).  Width of 4' to 5' (120 to 150 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 8b.  Shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
Another rose named Maheka was bred by Noisette and is a Boursault.

Sangerhausen lists a Hybrid Pendulina by this name, Holland c. 1800. Mrs. Gore describes a light pink Centifolia by this name. Today, when you mention this rose, most people who know it think of the dark red Gallica.

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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 were taken on well-established roses.
'Cumberland' is a centifolia and not a synonym for 'Maheka' - see.
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