Variegata di Bologna, introduced by Bonfiglioli, Italy, 1909
'Variegata di Bologna' is one of the few striped roses I like. It also happens to be one of the few repeat blooming Bourbon roses. Blossoms are fully double, large and cupped in form, with dark currant purple srtiping on a cream colored background. The shrub itself is somewhat open, with lax, arching form and less that dense foliage. It will also require spraying in some gardens to keep foliar diseases away. It is one of the "collectors item" roses which are satisfactory when given good care, and will reward you with some very fine blooms.....just don't expect this to be a showpiece in the garden.
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