"Carol's Favorite". Date and origin unknown.
I was given this Gallica by a friend who has grown this for many years. Although she forgets what it was named when she received it, it was clearly a mislabeled rose and as such, its real name is lost. Surely a rose as beautiful as this will eventually be recognized by someone and given back its real name?
This is every bit a typical Gallica, with its dense twiggy growth to about 5 or 6 feet tall and thin, slightly prickly canes. Blooms are produced in clusters of three to seven, each about 4 inches across, deeply cupped at first and reflexing as they age. The color is a spectacular blend of purples and crimsons and grays, and naturally, it has a very good scent. When I first saw this in my friend's garden, I was very excited, as I had not seen another Gallica quite like this one. This is a very fine rose and with any luck, it will make its way back into commerce.
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