The two photos here show the variability of our very vigorous plant of this rose. Usually the blooms distinctly show the circlet of golden stamens, but they can also appear so double as to hide them. This is a very distinguished Gallica and one of the blackest crimson or purple roses in existence. It and its progenitor, ‘Tuscany’, have been used extensively by Paul Barden in his quest for deep purple roses. I find the combination of the depth of color and the rich velvet texture of the petals set off by the prominent golden stamens to be breathtaking. Photos copyright Paul Barden 2008.
Introduced in 1837.