Photo courtesy of Peter Harris
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Medium red Hybrid Gallica.
Registration name: Alika
Exhibition name: Alika
Hybrid Gallica, Species / Wild, Species Cross.
Cerise, yellow stamens. Moderate fragrance. Average diameter 4". Large, single to semi-double, flat bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Suckers on its own roots. Large, dark green foliage.
Height of 4' to 8' (120 to 245 cm).
See COMMENTS & QUESTIONS for more detail. Fred Boutin notes that 'Alika' is a selection of Rosa gallica grandiflora that Niels Ebbesen Hansen selected at the Regel & Kesselring Nursery in St. Petersburg, Russia and introduced to North America in 1906. In his catalogs Regel listed this rose as a species/wild rose rather than as a garden cultivar. According to a Norwegian study, 'Alika' is also said to be synonymous with 'Rosa gallica splendens'
In commerce in the USA by 1930. See REFERENCES.