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"Rush Family Rose", date and origin unknown.

This rose is a found Gallica that was given to me by an Oregon collector. Its exact origin is unknown, and it has never been identified by any other grower.

In spite of the fact that its identity is not known, it is a magnificent rose. It has many of the characteristics of a rose of mixed Gallica heritage, perhaps having China or Centifolia influence. It is a taller shrub than most of its clan, growing with arching canes to seven feet which bend to near the ground when loaded with the Spring bloom. The abundance of flowers is amazing, with clusters borne at most every leaf axil. No bloom is larger than 3 inches, but the sheer profusion is its strength. Always shallowly cupped in form, the mauve-pink-purple-gray blend blooms are well scented, like a Centifolia.

Whatever it is, its a lovely rose that will surely make its way back into commerce one of these days, for it thrills all who see it when it is in flower in my garden.

ARS merit rating: None
Personal merit rating: 8.0, but under assessment.
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 4 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 6 feet tall X 5 feet wide.
Fragrance: 4.0 intense, sweet scent.

Alain Blanchard seedling,
(see Song of the Stars)
Chianti Gloire de France Sissinghurst Castle
Alika Complicata Henri Fouquier Song of the Stars
Allegra (new 2003) Cramoisi Picotee Hippolyte Surpasse Tout
Belle de Crecy "Deep Purple" James Mason Tricolore de Flandre
Belle Isis Désirée Parmentier La Belle Sultane Tuscany
Belle sans Flatterie Duc de Guiche Marianne Tuscany Superb
"Brooks Purple" Duc de Fitzjames 'Mécène' Tuscany Superb X Othello
Camayeux Duchesse de Montebello Nestor Un-named seedling
"Carol's Favorite" Ellen Tofflemire Orpheline de Juillet "William Grant"
Charles de Mills Empress Josephine Rosa Mundi Ypsilante
Cardinal de Richelieu Gallicandy "Rush Family Rose"  

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