Violacée, bred by Soupert & Notting, 1876.
So, here we have a rose that is a rich blend of crimsons and smoky purples, fully double blooms with a button eye, and it has moss. Sounds like a rose engineered precisely to my personal tastes, yes? You bet!
I have been reading about 'Violacée' for several years now, but had not seen it in person. Finally I found a source for it and acquired it, much to my delight. It seems to be everything I hoped it would be. The colors of the blooms are exquisite, and it has a great scent. Nicely mossed buds on a somewhat upright, climber-ish shrub, with heavy, dark green foliage make for a nice, complete package. While purple Mosses are not rare in commerce, this one is at least as deserving of attention as Mosses like 'Nuits de Young'. If you collect this style of roses, then its a worthy addition.
merit rating: NA
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