‘Magnifica’ RoseRosa rugosa 4-5' x 5-6' R. rugosa x Ards Rover. Dr. Walter Van Fleet intro, U.S., 1905.
Large clusters of 3–5" loose double fuchsia flowers with showy bright stamens, spicy fragrance and 30 petals per bloom. Dense shrub with large glossy dark green foliage and a vigorous wide-spreading habit. Large orange-red hips. Very disease resistant.
Walter Van Fleet (1858-1922) was a physician who dropped out of medicine at age 35 to follow his passion for plants. Twelve years later he introduced Magnifica, an unusual cross between a rugosa and Ards Rover (a fragrant red pillar rose from Ireland just introduced in 1898). From 1910 until his death, Van Fleet worked as a breeder for the USDA. Z4. (9-18" bare-root plants)
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