... growing and hybridizing all kinds of plants in zone 6b Maryland since the 1980's.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Rosa bracteata X (rugosa x palustris)

Old favorites of mine, finally starting to get back to their former size after a rough move. These four seedlings were the most robust of the cross. Many of the canes were well over my head. I left the less vigorous ones behind. I'd thought there were four whites and one pink but one of the whites is actually a very pale pink. Even the picture barely shows it. It's the first one. The second is one of the real whites - note the foliage that leans more towards palustris. The last picture is of the pink - which got the most obvious influence from the rugosa part of the pollen parent - just look at the foliage. Hey Joseph T., this is the one that had already finished blooming when you visited. Even though it's a little coarse, it just might be my favorite of the four.


  1. This is fantastic! I hope to do a cross just like this myself. Did you use the remontant form of palustris? Do these guys rebloom?

  2. Thanks Jason! I used a non-remontant local collection of palustris. The rugosa x palustris was once blooming and these are also, for the most part. But... one of these, "BH3", will have an occasional flower sporadically throughout the season. Not enough for me to call it a repeat bloomer.