'Rosa gallica var. agatha Loisel.' rose Description
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Agatha/Agathe, Gallica / Provins.
Light pink to deep pink. Mild fragrance. Medium to large, very double, in small clusters, flat bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Bushy, thornless (or almost), upright. Medium, semi-glossy, light green foliage.
Height of 4' 11" to 6' 7" (150 to 200 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 8b. Vigorous. shade tolerant.
R. francofurtana' and 'Agathe de Francfort' are possibly two distinct roses.
R. francofurtana is a class of species crossings, of which there have been a number of cultivars. 'Empress Joséphine' or 'Impératrice Joséphine' (see) is one such, which is often confused with the botanical R. francofurtana. 'Impératrice Joséphine' is strongly fragrant and semi-double to double, while 'R. francofurtana' is slightly fragrant and single to semi-double.
There are different opinions whether 'R. gallica Splendens' is a synonym of R. francofurtana, or a type of R. francofurtana' . Marita Protte points out that 'R. gallica splendens' has a smooth calyx, while 'R. francofurtana' has bristles and gland in the lower part of the ovary.
Nigel Pratt at Tasman Bay Roses says this rose has pale pink scented flowers that are loosely quartered and have deeper centres...
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Sets orange-red hips.