The old French roses, or Roses of Provins, were at the center of the first great wave of rose breeding in the early 19th century. These were initially derived purely from European species and cultivars that were summer-blooming, and many, especially the old red Gallicas like Officinalis, have been in gardens since the Middle Ages. Richly colored in a pink and mauve palette, with intricate flowers packed with petals and perfumed, the Gallicas have no substitutes among modern roses.
We currently have no curator for the Gallicas. If you are interested in becoming one, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.