'Ariana d'Algier' rose References
Book (2001) Page(s) 35.
Hybrid Gallica. Rated 8.8
Book (2000) Page(s) 173. Includes photo(s).
‘Complicata’/’Ariana d’Algier’: Gallique... robustes rameaux gris-vert, irrégulièrement parsemés d’aiguillons… abondant feuillage persistant tard en saison… grandes églantines (8 à 10cm de diamètre)… léger parfum de miel… Indemne de maladies, il tolère les sols médiocres et les grands froids.
Book (Apr 1999) Page(s) 39.
Complicata Gallica. Breeder unknown, date uncertain. The author cites information from different sources... Pink, large, single, light scent... Perhaps a Rosa canina or R. macrantha hybrid... pure brilliant pink, paling to white around the circle of yellow stamens...
Book (Mar 1999) Page(s) 16.
Useful as a climber in cold climates
Website/Catalog (23 Oct 1998) Page(s) 39. Includes photo(s).
Book (Jul 1998) Page(s) 33. Includes photo(s).
Rosa gallica Complicata In spite of its name, this rose, more popular in England than in France, is single... the name "complicata" refers to the fold (pli) in the petals... Recent scientific tests conducted in Lyon by Professor Jay show that this rose is probably a hybrid of R. canina...
Book (1997) Page(s) 141.
Of unknown origin. Description and vital statistics. An exceptional rose, good even in poor soils... flat, single flowers of bright pink with paler centres and gold stamens...
Book (1997) Page(s) 39.
Complicata can be grown in dappled shade
Book (Sep 1996) Page(s) 124, 187 188. Includes photo(s).
p124. Few rose gardens made up predominantly of old varieties are without at least one plant of Gallica ‘Complicata’.... The flowering season of this rose may be fleeting but it makes up for this by the sheer number of flowers it produces when it is in bloom.
p187. ..... the sumptuous bright pink ‘Chapeau de Napoléon’ cohabiting easily with the much simpler, very lovely bright pink single ‘Complicata’.....
p188. No one knows from whence this rose came. It is usually listed as a Gallica, but both its growth habit and its flowers indicate that it clearly has the genes of other species in its make-up - Rosa macrantha in particular. I have also seen R. canina put forward as a possible progenitor. It is certainly too vigorous to be wholly Gallica, attaining a height, given support, of up to twelve to fifteen feet, especially if allowed to grow to its heart’s content. I prefer it as a shrub, with an accasional pruning to keep it in shape, when it can be quite spectacular in early June each year. Its flowers are large (four inches across) and single; their clear, almost shocking pink pales to soft pink in the centre, which then gives way to bright yellow stamens. They are sweetly scented and produced very freely all along long, arching branches. Foliage is crisp, profuse and mid- to dark green. The plant is not over-thorny and very healthy, tolerating even the poorest of soils. It makes a good informal hedge and, because of its tolerance of shade, will also do well as a woodland plant, looking especially effective in groups of five or more.
Book (1996) Page(s) 13. Includes photo(s).
Complicata Gallica shrub... not at all typical of gallica roses, as it bears large, pink, pale-centred flowers... The origin of this rose is unknown; perhaps it has some R. canina or R. macrantha in it...