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Rosa Gallica Officinalis
David Austin Recommended Variety
An excellent shrub by any standards and very useful in the garden. Large, semi-double, light crimson flowers, open wide to reveal golden stamens. Although only once flowering, it flowers very freely, producing a mass of colour. There is a pure Old Rose fragrance. It forms a low branching shrub, the blooms held nicely poised above ample dark green foliage. The flowers are followed by small round hips in the autumn. An extremely healthy, tough and reliable variety.
R. gallica ‘Officinalis’ is a rose of great antiquity from c.1400 or before. For centuries it was grown for its medicinal qualities, which is why it is widely known as the ‘Apothecary’s Rose’. It is also said to be the ‘Red Rose of Lancaster’, the emblem chosen by the House of Lancaster at the time of the War of the Roses. 4 x 4ft.