Complicata

Fragrant
Low Roses | Bushes | Shrubs | Climbers
Photo of Rose Complicata This rose is badly named; nothing could be simpler. The flower is single, in a pure shade of candy pink. The canes grow straight out of the ground, arching as they reach toward 10 ft in length. The care one must take to keep it happy amounts to that putting it in the ground where it gets a half day of sunlight. And the bloom season is simple; it blooms once per year in early summer. It gets no disease. It thrives on neglect. What could be less complicated?

When it blooms, the many large luminous flowers face outward and beckon one from across the garden. ARS members give it 8.8. That used to sound like a high number for a once-flowering rose. Now it is in my own garden I understand that it is not.

Old or Ancient
Golden Wings | Nevada | Ballerina
Zone 4-9 Carefree Wonder | Rosa Mundi | Belle Isis
Gallica
Digital Camera: Fuji Finepix 2800
Rose: SRB Garden in NJ, May 2003
Image and Text: Copyright S.R. Brubaker 2003. All rights reserved.