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'Rose du Roi' rose Description
'Rose du Roi (portland, Lelieur, 1812)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of quendery
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
73 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Medium red Portland.
Registration name: Comte Lelieur
Exhibition name: Rose du Roi
Origin:
Bred by Comte Lelieur de Ville-sur-Arce (France, 1812).
Introduced in France by Calvert in 1819 as 'Lee's Crimson Perpetual'.
Class:
Damask Perpetual, Portland.  
Bloom:
Crimson, purple highlights.  Often 6 sepals.  Strong, damask fragrance.  Average diameter 2.75".  Medium to large, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters bloom form.  Occasional repeat later in the season.  
Habit:
Bushy, thornless (or almost), upright.  Light green foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of 3' to 42" (90 to 105 cm).  Width of 30" to 3' (75 to 90 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 4b through 9b.  
Notes:
Parentage uncertain, please see References. The original 'Rose du Roi' often had six sepals.
Louis XVIII. reigned 1814-1824. If the rose was indeed named after him, then it cannot have been introduced before 1814.
See also the hybrid gallica 'Rose du Roi', bred in the 18th century.

[Despite the given synonym 'Rose du Roi', the description is different.]
 
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