- Virginia Reel
(1975) Deep pink shrub. The medium-sized, ovoid-pointed buds open to double (3 5-45 petals), cupped, 4-4.5 inch blooms of medium Rhodonite red (RHSCC 51 B) which age to rose red (RHSCC --- )and rose (RHSCC --- ). The blooms, borne singly and in clusters of 5-1 0, have a pleasantly sweet fragrance. The abundant, large foliage is dark green and leathery. The thorns are tan and awl-like. The erect, 3 ft plant is bushy and blooms freely from early June until killing frost. Plants are winter-hardy in Iowa without protection.