The Cardinal de Richelieu Rose, is one of the most beautiful of the Gallica Roses. They produce the darkest color rose of the Gallica rose bushes. A rich looking, dark red rose, quickly turns to a royal purple color.
The Cardinal de Richelieu rose is a beautiful Old garden rose that have maintained international reputation and popularity, since their introduction so long ago.
You'll only get One flush of flowers a season. (around mid-summer), but these beauties are certainly worth it! A superb color, intense fragrance, very few thorns, and an attractive bush, makes this once-bloomer a great addition to the garden. Be sure to plant it where you can enjoy the wonderful fragrance.
Type Gallica Rose
Hybridizer Parmentier- before 1847
Blooms Royal Purple flowers, with central petals that fold inward to show off a lighter color reverse. 3-4” across, with 40-50 petals
Growth Habits Vigorous grower, upright, bushy Can reach 3-4’tall, spreads to 4'.
Foliage dark green, semi-glossy
Awards Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit 1993
Hardy Zone 4-9
These are very prolific flowering Old Garden Roses. The long-lasting flowers are borne in small clusters. The deep, round, buds look at first as though the flowers will be pink,but as the fluffy pompons open, they become dark red, violet colored flowers, that quickly turn to a dark purple, then age to slate-gray.
This rose was named after Cardinal Richelieu. He was minister from 1585-1642, to Louis XIII
The dark green stems, have very few prickles(thorns). This medium-growing shrub makes a well formed rose bush, that can make a nice addition to your garden.
For a spectacular looking rose bush, prune only dead, diseased, or damaged growth, leaving the old wood in tact. Prune in late Winter.
Sometimes you will find a "gem" of a rose among the old varieties.....This is one of them! Just because it only blooms once, don't let that keep you from planting it! Those amazing flowers are worth their "One time show".
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