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PlantFiles: Gallica Rose
Rosa 'Complicata'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Complicata
Additional cultivar information: (aka Ariana d'Algier)
Hybridized by Unknown; Year of Registration or Introduction: pre 1800

Synonym:Rosa complicata
Synonym:Rosa gallica complicata

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)

Bloom Color:
Pink blend (pb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive shazbot3 On Jul 19, 2004, shazbot3 from Flat Rock, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

We divided the rootballs of some of my mom's plants 2 years ago. They were a little slow starting, but this year(2004), they have really taken off growth AND bloom-wise. Mine smell Heavenly!

Positive rebeccasgarden On Feb 23, 2004, rebeccasgarden from Duvall, WA (Zone 8B) wrote:

This rose only blooms once (but for a long period of time - throughout the month of June and into July in my northwest garden)- and it's big but if you have the space and like old roses it's worth it.

When this is in bloom you stand back and take notice. It's a breathtaking sight.

This is an ancient, healthy rose - not bothered by the diseases of a lot of todays roses. Healthy leaves and lots of big reddish hips in the fall.

Give this one at LEAST 5 feet on all sides (more is better). It has a graceful arching habit.

Neutral philomel On Feb 3, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a large shrub rose needing plenty of space. Of once flowering habit, the flowers are followed by showy hips. Flowers are very fragrant.


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

Ukiah, California
South Dennis, New Jersey
Binghamton, New York
Flat Rock, North Carolina
Ashland, Oregon
Coos Bay, Oregon
Duvall, Washington

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