Hardy, spring-flowering shrub
Description: Double, rosy-claret to purple flowers, sometimes flecked with pink. Fragrant blossoms are produced abundantly.
Habit: Low-growing, suckering shrub with upright shoots, 2' feet in height and spread.
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and rich, well-prepared garden loam
Cold Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 through 9
Gallica roses are among the most ancient, and this miniature centifolia form was introduced into cultivation before 1664. It is also known as the Burgundian Rose (R. burgundica). Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon lists Rosa centifolia v. Burgundy in The American Gardener's Calendar (1806) and it could possibly be the dwarf rose grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and Poplar Forest. It is a fine rose for containers or the perennial or shrub border.