The blooms of this excellent Gallica are very large and flat and are a sumptuous shade of rich purple with cranberry tones. There is a moderate fragrance. It blooms only in spring but for a long time. It is a vigorous plant and suckers from the roots, so should be placed where that is not a problem. It has good blackspot resistance most of the time, small prickles, and is a tough undemanding plant. It has been around prior to the 1700's.