'Dr. Merkeley' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Helena Verghese Borg
Deep pink Species.
Registration name: Dr. Merkeley
Deep pink. Strong fragrance. Double (17-25 petals) bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Classification as a hybrid spinosissima is doubtful, according to Skinner, "This fine rose, which we owe to Dr. Merkeley, of Winnipeg, came from Siberia a number of years ago and is apparently related to the Cinnamon Roses.
origin: named for Dr. H. J. Merkeley, dentist in Winnipeg [Brian Porter] who sent it to F. Skinner from collection he had made in his travels [Pittao] Similar to R. spinosissima [Osborne]
Ploidy counted 2010 by David Zlesak.