'Rose du Roi' rose Description
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Medium red Portland.Registration name: Comte LelieurExhibition name:
Rose du Roi
Damask Perpetual, Portland.
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.
Bushy, thornless (or almost), upright. Light green foliage. 5 to 7 leaflets.
Height: 3' to 42" (90 to 105cm). Width: 30" to 3' (75 to 90cm).
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
Parentage uncertain, please see References. The original 'Rose du Roi' often had six sepals.
The rose is generally attributed to Comte Lelieur, director of the gardens at Sèvres. However, some sources mention Souchet or Ecoffey as the gardeners who bred 'Rose du Roi'.
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.
Noisette states that the Bloom of 'Elise Voïart' resembles very much 'Rose du Roi'.