(Pronounced: Alex-ZAN-drey Zhi-ROW)
'Alexandre Girault' is a beautiful, carmine red, once blooming, double, large flowered climbing rose that was introduced in 1909.
'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
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.
'Alexandre Girault' was introduced by Barbier in France in 1909.
1909 [ France ]
|PLANT SIZE |
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.
The foliage is dark and glossy, with few thorns.
O - Once. 'Alexandre Girault' starts blooming in April in the Texas Hill Country and continues blooming for approximately 6 weeks.
| 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.
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:|| |
VF - Very Fragrant. 'Alexandre Girault' has a moderate fruity fragrance.
Zones 7 - 9
'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.
'Alexandre Girault' is easily propagated from cuttings.
'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.
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.