Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Bloom shape: Cupped
Petal count: very full: 40+ petals
Rose bloom color: Mauve and mauve blend
Extra Bloom Info: In small clusters
Rebloom: None
Class: Gallica
Extra Color Info: Mauve blend, gray or tan reverse
Growth Habit: Typically 3-6 feet, bushy
Fragrance: Mild
Hybridizer & year: Louis-Joseph-Ghislain Parmentier, before 1847
Optimal growing zones: USDA zones 4 through 8

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 3-6 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Parentage: Unknown

Alternative cultivar names:
  • 'Cardinal de Richelieu'
  • 'Rose Van Sian'

Common names
  • Rose

  • Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Feb 6, 2014 3:41 PM concerning plant:
    This rose has almost no scent and does not rebloom, but it's worth growing for the magnificent spring flush. Red buds open to reveal dark smoky-purple blooms with a contrasting reverse, usually silver but sometimes closer to beige. The combination of colors is breathtaking. Gallicas are recommended for zones 4-8, but my Cardinal de Richelieu blooms reliably (and beautifully) in my zone 9 garden.
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Sep 29, 2011 3:33 PM concerning plant:
    Survives zone 5 CO winters easily
  • Posted by bootandall (Marlborough, New Zealand) on Oct 28, 2016 2:40 AM concerning plant:
    This rose has a very strong scent. A friend likened it to Double Delight.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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OMG! Look at that! by wcgypsy May 29, 2012 6:54 PM 2

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