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Rosa 'Basye's Purple Rose'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Basye's Purple Rose
Hybridized by Basye; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1968

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Hybrid Rugosa

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:
Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are very thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative lancer23 On Aug 11, 2012, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Surely this is the most disease free rose that I have ever grown but those thorns are lethal! It stays small is a cramped sunny space for 5 yr and never bloomed then I moved it into the prime spot of the garden with much more room and air movement and then it took off. It suckered like crazy, the growth in 1 yr is 10X its size. The flowers are a nice color of purple and smells amazing but only have 3 flowers out of the 4X4 ft plant. Too vigorous for me to handle. It sure will make a good barrier or a landscaping rose to deter pest.

Positive vossner On May 6, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Blooms are a lovely wine color. Mine is planted in a shady location and it is very disease resistant. It is thorny.

Neutral Grits On Feb 16, 2001, Grits from Pineville, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Shrub 5' zone 6-9 Repeat bloomer

This is an absolutely unique rose, bred from R. rugosa. It has perfectly single, fragrant, dark wine-purple blooms, with yellow centers, that appear all season long.

This rugosa rose is completely disease resistant, and does not need spraying, which makes it just about the perfect carefree shrub.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Francisco, California
Dallas, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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