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"Brooks Purple", unidentified Gallica found in Oregon

This is a found rose, clearly of Gallica influence. While it does gradually make a nice shrub, this rose tends to be very lax with lots of canes that tend to bend to the ground when in bloom. It takes a few years to build up to its full potential, tending to bloom modestly until well established. It appears to be a China-Gallica hybrid, indicated by its long, lax canes. It tends to be rather floppy until it has built up into a thick mass of canes and then becomes more self-supporting.

Individual blooms are small (about 2.5") but packed with petals and rich in color. The fragrance is certainly there, but not particularly remarkable. As with Many Gallicas, the scent is spicy and "aromatic" rather than sweet like the Damasks are. A worthwhile shrub in any collection of Gallicas. Definitely great color.

This may be the same rose that is in commerce under the study name of "Red Runaround".

ARS merit rating: None
Personal merit rating: 7.0, but under assessment.
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 4 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: unknown, likely 3 to 5 feet tall X 5 feet wide.
Fragrance: 3.0, mild Gallica scent.

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