Rosa gallica4-5' x 4' A sport, c. 1840, of the ancient gallica Tuscany (Old Velvet Rose), which dates back to the 14th c.
Moderately fragrant semi-double dark red to crimson-maroon flowers are velvety beyond belief. Red-orange hips. The petals retain fragrance when dried and have been used medicinally, cosmetically and in potpourri for centuries. Easy to grow. Sometimes has a low-suckering habit. Ours is open, irregular and spreading, planted along a stone wall with perennials poking up through the open branches. Will tolerate poor soil, sun or partial shade. Starts blooming mid-June in central Maine. A very tough plant. Z3/4. (9–18" bare-root plants)
515 Tuscany Superb
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Plant crowns 4–6' apart, in a large well-fertilized hole, in an area with at least 4–6 hrs of sun per day.