Deep blue purple to black with lavender eye and gold stamens. In the photo it is at the base of the tree. The climber is James Mason.The class and exact identity of this handsome, mysterious rose is disputed. It does not have the height or sprawl of the Hybrid Chinas with which it sometimes classed. And so we place it with the Gallicas as its growth habit seems typically Gallica to us. Photo copyright Paul Barden 2008.
Discovered in 1837..