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PlantFiles: Old Garden Rose
Rosa 'Belle de Crecy'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Belle de Crecy
Additional cultivar information: (aka Belle de Crécy, Le Météore, Météore, Meteor)
Hybridized by Roeser; Year of Registration or Introduction: before 1829

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

Bloom Color:
Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:
Eye present

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Susceptible to mildew

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By grafting

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bhnash On Feb 17, 2010, bhnash from Soquel, CA wrote:

This old rose has bloomed wonderfully in my coastal zone 9b garden. She got much larger than I anticipated in the mild climate, and even tolerated heavy clay soil. The blooms are smokey purple, exceedingly hard to photograph, and smother the bush in May and June. Her canes grew straight up to 6'+ the first year. I wrapped them around a 2' circle of rebar stakes which kept her to 3' wide in bloom and 6' tall, and she responded great and threw out probably thousands of blooms, 3-6 in a cluster, opening in succession over 6-8 weeks. If I had more space I would self peg in a fountain shape and she'd be probably 4' tall x 6' wide for me. A stellar performer and I highly recommend.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Soquel, California
Cary, North Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Gilmer, Texas

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