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Cardinal de Richelieu Rose Bushes

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The details

  • Height: 1.2m
  • Colour: Deep Purple
  • Shape: Double
  • Scent: Light
  • Flowering period: Once in summer
  • Type: Shrub
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Cardinal de Richelieu Roses

Cardinal de Richelieu shrub roses are gallica roses, old roses that add a touch of class to any border. The blooms are some of the darkest of all roses; the colour begins as a mauve pink bud, before blooming and turning a deep rich purple. The flowers themselves are beautifully formed and sit dotted around amongst deep glossy green, bushy foliage.

The scent is that of a classic rose, making Cardinal de Richelieu roses ideal for providing cut flowers as well as being great subjects for shrubbery, bed, border or courtyard garden. However if this is not the rose for you, why not browse the hundreds of other rose varieties we sell.

Great for your garden

Cardinal de Richelieu rose bushes like to be planted in full sun, in well drained, moist soil. Because of its compact nature it works very well in courtyard and city gardens, but is equally happy in a country garden border. The stems have few thorns and the flowers are distributed in small clusters during the summer when it is in bloom. The plant can generally grow to around 4 ft.

Cardinal de Richelieu Rose facts

Type: Shrub
Colour: Deep purple
Flower shape: Cupped and cushioned, medium
Fragrance strength: Medium
Final Height and spread: 4 x 4 ft
Approximate flowering months or season: Late spring to early summer
Repeat flowering: No
Disease resistance: Medium

Look out for

Cardinal de Richelieu may be affected by black spot (like most roses), and by mildew in bad summers. As with all roses, rabbit and deer can cause damage and aphids can be a nuisance.


The gallica rose, Cardinal de Richelieu, was launched in 1847 and takes its name from Cardinal de Richelieu, who was a French clergyman, noble and statesman responsible for the creation of the Jardin Royal des Plants Medicinales in in Paris. He was also the principal villain in the Three Musketeers

Planting Instructions

How to plant Cardinal de Richelieu roses

Plant bareroot roses between in late autumn and spring but never when the ground is frozen or covered with snow.
Ensure the rose is in full sun in an open site for best results.
Cardinal de Richelieu is a greedy rose, so incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting and feed well each spring for optimum blooms.
The deep purple flowers appear between late spring and early summer.
Will thrive in most moist, well-drained soils.
Prune in late summer after flowering.
Cut out dead or diseased wood whenever you see any.