'Vienna Cemetery Purple'
Please, can someone tell me what this beauty is, or at least the class to which it most likely belongs? Click a thumbnail to view a larger image in a new window or tab. A newly opened bloom, about 2.5" wide, on a cutting I rooted last summer. Sorry, I forgot to count the petals and it's too late to do so now, but as you can see it's well packed. The cuttings parent is in a country cemetery in north Louisiana. The same bloom, a couple of days later. The touch of white at the base of the petals remains completely hidden until the bloom is well past its prime. None of the blooms I've seen have been quartered, nor is there a prominent eye. More blooms. This baby was generous with its blooms, given its size and age, and every bloom was perfect. The lighter reverse is less noticeable as the bloom ages. The leaves are on the small side and smooth, with a matte finish. The backs of the leaf ribs are exceptionally prickly. Disease resistance is excellent. Thorns near the bottom of the plant. The upper halves of the canes are much less thorny. The cuttings parent, as pruned with a lawn mower. Scads of suckers were trying to reassert themselves as much as a yard away. There are large trees to the east and to the west, so the plant isn't getting anything close to a full day of sun. It's a once bloomer, so far as I can tell, and this photo was taken early in its bloom cycle. There numerous immature buds at the ends of the canes that don't show up very well. (The pink tongued black blob between the car door and tree is my supervisor, Bobby Chuck.)
Thanks for looking. - Laura