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'Rosa arkansana 'Peppermint'' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 26-240
most recent 14 JAN 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 10 MAY 08 by Kim Rupert
Quite a few years ago, Candy Craig (Annie Laurie McDowell), brought this rose to me when she and her husband, Dean, returned from spending the summer at her grandfather's cabin in Beulah, Colorado. What she told me was they "discovered" it growing in an alkali flat, in very poor soil. Knowing my interest in unusual roses, they brought me suckers which I potted and began spreading around to keep from losing it. She said she called it Arkansana because they found it near the Arkansas River. The "Peppermint" came from the stippling on the petals.

In my desert climate, the plant blooms heavily in spring with no repeat. Growing it in a coastal climate, where spring weather continues for many months, the rose repeats its bloom much like the Banksia roses do, providing many months of the serendipitously marked flowers.

The plant does sucker quite vigorously if the soil is light. In heavier clay, it is more restrained. It is also deciduous, providing autumn foliage. I've not used it for breeding, yet, as there have been too many other irons in the fire. I hoped it might be a source of stippling much like the stippled roses Griffith Buck obtained from R. laxa.
Reply #1 of 6 posted 14 SEP 08 by Dianne
Is this fragrant??
Reply #2 of 6 posted 12 JAN 09 by Paul Barden
Very! It has a classic Old Rose scent.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 13 JAN 09 by HMF Admin
Paul, we have updated the listing to include "moderate old rose fragrance". If "moderate" is not appropriate please let us know.

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Reply #4 of 6 posted 13 JAN 09 by greg
I posted some pictures of a rose I found growing in the Cascades in Manning Park B.C. that looks a lot like this rose and I'am wondering if you could have a look a them and see if you think there is a resemblence.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 13 JAN 09 by Kim Rupert
Hi Gred, from what I remember, there is a "feel" to what you share here that seems right. It's been probably seven years since I last had the rose. My focus changed from maintaining a collection of rare and unusual roses to only those I wished to use for breeding, so I spread it around to anyone who wished to grow it and let it go. From my experience, hybrids of "Arkansana" rust in my climate, so I chose not to use it for that reason. The possibility of engineering that disease in from the foundation felt too great to do any more than the limited exploration I did with it. As a plant, it was quite enjoyable and satisfactory both here in the mid desert and in coastal gardens. Good luck. Kim
Reply #6 of 6 posted 14 JAN 09 by greg
Thank you for the reply.
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