'Mary Magdalene'

Here's another David Austin rose that is hard to find and may be fading into oblivion. I got a cutting from a friend, and was able to grow it this year. Straw grows Mary Magdalene very well. It is more beautiful than I expected. Straw describes the fragrance as frankincense/myrrh, and I agree. It brings to my mind Chinese funereal incense. Some photos I have seen of this rose show it pink. But so far for me, it is white with a yellow blush in the center. I'm not sure if it will keep the button eye as the plant matures.

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