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'Complicata', history unknown. Possibly a R. gallica X R. canina or R. macrantha hybrid.

ComplicataThis is the simple rose with the complicated name!
We don't know much at all about 'Complicata' and its history, but that doesn't detract from its exceptional beauty. It has often been described as one of the most beautiful of all the single roses. Indeed, there is something special about 'Complicata's "wild-rose" like blooms and habit. This is often grown as a climbing rose as it will form a very tall shrub of about 15 feet if allowed to grow up into an apple tree, for example. I suspect it would form an equally beautiful free-standing shrub if given the room to do so. I plan on growing mine in this manner to see what its natural form will be.

As with all of the Gallicas, 'Complicata' blooms once a year in early summer, but over a fairly long period of 4 to 6 weeks. The blooms are very large: up to 5.5 inches across! The foliage is a beautiful grey-green hue, and quite disease free. This rose will appeal to those looking for a nearly thornless shrub, as it has very few thorns. Some reports suggest that it is alo quite shade tolerant. This is a sublimely beautiful rose, and I would think it would be suitable for a "cottage garden" style setting.

ARS merit rating: 8.9
Personal merit rating: 9.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 3 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 10 to 15 feet tall X ? feet wide

Fragrance: 3.5 A "wild-rose" fragrance.

Alain Blanchard seedling,
(see Song of the Stars)
Chianti Gloire de France Sissinghurst Castle
Alika Complicata Henri Fouquier Song of the Stars
Allegra (new 2003) Cramoisi Picotee Hippolyte Surpasse Tout
Belle de Crecy "Deep Purple" James Mason Tricolore de Flandre
Belle Isis Désirée Parmentier La Belle Sultane Tuscany
Belle sans Flatterie Duc de Guiche Marianne Tuscany Superb
"Brooks Purple" Duc de Fitzjames 'Mécène' Tuscany Superb X Othello
Camayeux Duchesse de Montebello Nestor Un-named seedling
"Carol's Favorite" Ellen Tofflemire Orpheline de Juillet "William Grant"
Charles de Mills Empress Josephine Rosa Mundi Ypsilante
Cardinal de Richelieu Gallicandy "Rush Family Rose"  

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