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Simplex, Bred by Ralph Moore, California 1961.

SimplexUnfortunately 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.

ARS merit rating: 8.8
Personal merit rating: 9.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 10" to 18" tall.

Fragrance: none.

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