Mystery rose

This is a once-bloomer I’ve seen a lot in the Bluegrass area. In the heat of summer it looks pretty scrawny, but it’s the first rose to bloom, and it looks spectacular when it does. Wicked sharp thorns.

It suckers heartily, and is dead easy to start by digging up one of the suckers. This one flourishes on a steep, dry slope.

Does anyone know what it is?

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3 Responses to Mystery rose

  1. Tracy Farrell says:

    I don’t, but it’s certainly beautiful. I just ran across your blog as I was doing a search on Swamp roses, and I’ve gone through all of the archives just enjoying the beauty of the roses and flowers. I’m a sucker for this kind of thing, lol! Your roses are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. LDM says:

    Probably Lady Godiva – a Hybrid Wichurana. I have it (like you I did not know what it was until I accidentally saw it on Rogue Valley Roses’ site). Mine is once blooming, indestructible and also produces suckers that transplant easily.

    PS – I garden in New Orleans

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