Simplex, Bred by Ralph Moore, California 1961.
Unfortunately there have been very few single minis bred in the world. 'Simplex' is one of them, and a fine one too! This handsome little rose has a very "species-like" charm with its simple gleaming white blossoms produced prolifically in sprays throughout the season. I suspect that it inherited its cluster-blooming habit from R. wichurana, whcih plays a big part in its ancestry.
The buds are a soft apricot color as they open, becoming white very quickly. The blooms are about 1.5 inches across when fully open, and have no scent that I can detect. The plant itself is a shapely, branching shrub that has been completely disease free in my garden. I find this to be a perfectly charming addition to my collection, and recommend it highly.
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