The Gallica rose Complicata has always amused me with the irony of its
name. This is a rose with simple looking,single blooms, and thus
appears as uncomplicated in form as a rose can be. Brent Dickerson's
'Old Rose Adventurer" suggests it might be a hybrid of R. canina or of
R. macrantha. It seems to have appeared some time before 1800. Beyond
that, nothing much seems to be known.
Complicata forms a big plant bearing large single blooms which flutter
in the wind. It was particularly appealing growing in the Sacramento
Old City Cemetery where it stands in lovely contrast to the marble
stones which surround it. Because of its open form, it blends with the
view instead of obscuring it.
Pictured at the Sacramento Old City Cemetery
Complicata rose bush, File#dc0325
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