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"Deep Purple", bred by Paul Barden, 1998.

"Deep Purple"This is another Gallica rose from my own breeding program. It was a seedling from last year, and in May of 1999 it bloomed for the first time. (Most of the Gallica hybrids take one to two years before they bloom for the first time) The photograph here doesn't do this rose is a much richer color with the most wonderful shimmering velvet. It's the sort of color that the Gallicas are famous for. The bloom is not very large: about 2.5 inches across, but I imagine that it will be bigger as the plant matures. There is a typical Gallica scent, although it is light. I cannot comment yet on the size of the shrub, as this is still a small plant in a 2 gallon pot. I will be watching this one carefully, and have hopes that it will be worthy of naming next year. This is a cross of the Moss rose 'Nuits de Young' X 'Tuscany Superb'

ARS merit rating: none assigned
Personal merit rating: undecided.
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 4 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: unknown
Fragrance: 3.0 a typical warm Gallica scent.

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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