Basye’s Purple Rose

July 18, 2014

‘Basye’s Purple’ rose has reddish brown bark, blue-green foliage, and beautiful single velvety maroon-purple flowers graced by purple stamens that are bright yellow at the tips. It is truly a royal rose. It was bred and introduced by Dr. Robert Basye in 1968 and is a cross between R. rugosa and R. foliolosa. It has wonderful bright green feathery foliage that is very much like its parent, Rosa foliolosa, and showing little of the rugosa characteristics.

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It will become a fairly large shrub of about 7 or 8 feet tall and at least as wide, with a very nice compact, arching habit. Like most Rugosas, this one repeats it’s bloom all through the season, although the individual blooms last only a day or two.

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It has a fruity fragrance, has an average diameter of 2.5″ medium, single bloom form about 4 to 8 petals and it blooms in flushes throughout the season. It is very hardy, vigorous and heat tolerant and does not set many hips.

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Content Source: Antique Rose Emporium, Old Garden Roses and Beyond, Hartwood Roses, Help Me Find and Rogue Valley Roses

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