Cultivation of the Old Velvet Rose, as it is also called, has been occurring since the 14th c. making it one of the oldest of all the gallicas.
Fragrant deep crimson, almost purple, 2–3" double flowers with prominent golden-yellow stamens. Foliage is greenish-grey and rough in texture. Displays its strikingly dark aromatic flowers once each summer.
Plant it nearby where it can be closely admired. Adaptable and needs little maintenance. Z4. (9-18" bare-root plants)
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