Still as popular today as when it was released over 100 years ago t has always been a favourite with garden designers. The semi-nodding blooms first open a good mid-blue with a hint of rose-pink along the bar toward the stamens and as they mature, the flowers fade to a light, slightly pinkish-blue and lose their pink bar. They have four to six broad tepals with a textured surface and taper via crimped, somewhat wavy margins to blunt reflexed tips. The stamens have pale greenish-cream filaments and pale-yellow anthers. This lovely old cultivar only produces flowers at the top of its rather long stems, it is best therefore to grow it through another plant such as a climbing rose to disguise its bare legs, then it is fantastic.
Perl d Azur grows to 2.6 to 4.0m and is best suited for planting in the garden.
Raised by Morel of France and introduced in 1885.