'Alain Blanchard' rose Description
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Mauve or mauve blend Centifolia.
Registration name: Alain Blanchard
Centifolia, Hybrid Gallica.
Crimson, purple mottling, pink undertones. Strong fragrance. Medium to large, semi-double to double, cupped bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, dense, upright. Dark green foliage.
Height of 39" to 5' (100 to 150 cm). Width of 4' to 5' (120 to 150 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 8b. Can be used for garden. Vigorous. shade tolerant. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.
Alain Blanchard (d. January 1419), Captain of the crossbowmen of Rouen, one of the 3 notables decapitated by the English after the surrender of Rouen to Henry V on January 20, 1419.
The listing of Prévost identifies 'Alaian Blanchard' as a Gallica bred by Coquerel before 1829, instead of Vibert 1839 as commonly stated.
For clarification about parentage, please see References.
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.
The 1936/1937 catalog of Ketten Freres lists Alain Blanchard as a Centifolia.