Rose of Magliano or "Duc de Cambridge"

The roses that started the cultivation formed a low hedge at the edge of the Magliano road, near an old peasant house.

For years we have not been able to identify them and we called them “Rosa di Magliano”: we thought it could belong to the group of Gallic roses, both for the posture and for the shape of the leaf and flower. We thought to have recognized it in the national collection of Gallic roses in La Cour de Commer, in France, where a very similar rose was identified as a hybrid of Rosa gallica and Rosa multiflora.

Only recently some experts have recognized it as “Duc de Cambridge”, a variety of damask rose created in France in the mid-1800s. But now for us it is the Rose of Magliano.

Rose of Magliano is rare in Tuscany, but it is present in the Chianti hills of Florence and Siena, where it is known as “rose of the gardens”, since it was planted as a border around vegetable gardens.

Its peculiar characteristic is to have a very strong and fresh typical rose fragrance, which cannot be compared to any other perfume, other than the citrusy scent of tea roses and the pleasantly raisin scent of Bulgarian rose.

The flowers are very abundant and they have an intense crimson pink that lightens with the aging of the flower: often they present a touch of green gemsĀ  in the center. The stems are robust, very thorny, erect or bent under the weight of very abundant blooms.

It flowers only once, between May and June. It does not make berries, it is sensitive to rust, resistant to aphid, extremely rustic. It produces numerous suckers, which over the years cover extensive areas of land. It has an excellent adaptation to the climate and the terrain of Chianti and it is very resistant to drought.

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