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Lavender Pinocchio, bred by Eugene Boerner, 1948.

'Lavender Pinocchio'Breeding: 'Pinocchio' X 'Grey Pearl'.

'Lavender Pinocchio' is one of the most unusual Floribundas I grow. In spite of the low ARS rating (to be taken with a grain of salt), it is a good small shrub with reasonable health, well formed blooms, odd but wonderful coloring and a haunting fragrance.

'Lavender Pinocchio' has been a very good breeder, and probably still has merit as a breeding plant. It's first generation progeny includes many well known roses such as 'Angel Face', 'Cafe', 'Magenta', and 'Lilac Charm'. As you can see, there are a number of its offspring that have inherited aspects of its unusual coloring.

This wonderful Floribunda has been on the market since it was first introduced, a testimony to its merits. As I say, don't let the low ARS rating deter you; this is a fine rose for that small corner of the garden, or for a patio planter.

'Lavender Pinocchio' is available from The Uncommon Rose

ARS merit rating: 5.5
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 9, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 2 to 3 feet tall, depending on climate.
Fragrance: 3.8, fairly intense Myrrh fragrance.

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