'Alexandre Girault'

(Pronounced: Alex-ZAN-drey Zhi-ROW)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Alexandre Girault'

'Alexandre Girault'

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'Alexandre Girault' is a beautiful, carmine red, once blooming, double, large flowered climbing rose that was introduced in 1909.

 

'Alexandre Girault'

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'Alexandre Girault' blooms are fragrant and the growth is very vigorous. No other rambler has this coloring. The petals are incurving with shades of strawberry red and a green eye, with yellow stamens

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

This beautiful rose dominates the central trellis at the Roseraie de l'Hay near Paris, and it is a wonder that it is not found in every garden. The flowers are large and carmine pink with a touch of salmon at the petal bases.

It is vigorous and easily grown and is beautiful when combined with Alberic Barbier on a trellis.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Synstylae

 
GROUP:  
CLASS:

LCl

 
SEED
PARENT:

R. wichuraiana  

POLLEN
PARENT:

'Papa Gontier'  

BREEDER:

Barbier  

INTRODUCED:

'Alexandre Girault' was introduced by Barbier in France in 1909.  

DATE:

1909 [ France ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    6 '     to    12 '           Width:    3 '     to    5 '



'Alexandre Girault' is a vigorous rambler that will reach heights of 20-33 feet. While the growth is vigorous, the canes will tend to grow along the ground unless trained. So, do not be surprised to find 'Alexandre Girault' among your lilies.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is dark and glossy, with few thorns.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

O - Once. 'Alexandre Girault' starts blooming in April in the Texas Hill Country and continues blooming for approximately 6 weeks.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    3.50"      to      4.00"           Cluster Size:    5      to      7           Petal Count:    24 to 30          

'Alexandre Girault' flowers are medium sized (2-1/2") and double with incurving petals. They open flat with muddled centers.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

PB - Pink Blend. 'Alexandre Girault' blooms are shades of strawberry red, with a hint of yellow at the bases of the petals. No other rambler has this color. As the blooms open they turn to a deep coppery carmine shade.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

VF - Very Fragrant. 'Alexandre Girault' has a moderate fruity fragrance.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 7 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Alexandre Girault' is a vigorous and care-free rose, with no particular disease problems.

The long flexible stems make this a good rose for many decorative effects. It adapts well to poorer soils, and prefers full sun. However it will tolerate some shade.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Alexandre Girault' is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Suitable for growing into trees
    ** Suitable for use as a ground cover
    ** Availability is limited  

ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Alexandre Girault' is featured in the great trellis that is the centerpiece of the Roseraie de l'Hay near Paris. Eighty plants grow there, providing a spectacular display.

Being so prominent in a world class garden, one would expect this rose to be widely distributed, but it disappeared from catalogs for many years and is only now becoming available again.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 7.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 7.

Austin, David. The Heritage of the Rose. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors Club, Ltd.. 1990, pp. 321, 326.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 341.