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Mécène, bred by Vibert, France 1845.

'Mécène' is a very lovely, loosely double striped variety with a unique cupped bloom form, with about 60 petals of which the centermost ones are often folded down the mid-rib. Each bloom is about 3 inches across and they are born in generous clusters of 5 or more. Stamens are exposed clearly when fully open, as you can see, and there is sometimes a green pointel at the center instead of stigmas. As you can see, the bloom color is a deep pink stripe on top of a pale pink ground. There is a pleaseant, but not particularly strong fragrance.

The shrub is of moderate size, remaining under 4 feet in height and similar width. I have found it to be highly disease resistant, occasionally getting some mildew on the shoot tips in late Summer. This is a very sweet little rose that has a similar effect in the garden as 'Rosa Mundi', but with more petals. Well worth inclusion in any Gallica collection.

ARS merit rating: None
Personal merit rating: 8.0, but under assessment.
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 4 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 3 to 4 feet tall X 4 feet wide.
Fragrance: 3.0, moderate Gallica scent, spicy rather than sweet.

Alain Blanchard seedling,
(see Song of the Stars)
Chianti Gloire de France Sissinghurst Castle
Alika Complicata Henri Fouquier Song of the Stars
Allegra (new 2003) Cramoisi Picotee Hippolyte Surpasse Tout
Belle de Crecy "Deep Purple" James Mason Tricolore de Flandre
Belle Isis Désirée Parmentier La Belle Sultane Tuscany
Belle sans Flatterie Duc de Guiche Marianne Tuscany Superb
"Brooks Purple" Duc de Fitzjames 'Mécène' Tuscany Superb X Othello
Camayeux Duchesse de Montebello Nestor Un-named seedling
"Carol's Favorite" Ellen Tofflemire Orpheline de Juillet "William Grant"
Charles de Mills Empress Josephine Rosa Mundi Ypsilante
Cardinal de Richelieu Gallicandy "Rush Family Rose"  

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