Lottah Nursery Tasmania, Australia
This was selected in 1938 by D. E. Maarse from a mutation of the purple 'Hugo de Vries'
'Sensation' is a good descriptive term for this cultivar with deep purple single flowers edged white appearing mid-season. Although the clone is positively ancient by now it is still disposed to revert back to type on occassion. Fragrance is mild.
In 2006 we discovered a whole plant pale pink mutation of 'Sensation' growing in the greenhouse; it is pictured at bottom left.
Typical of the species it grows into a largish shrub 3 x 2m. Tendency to sucker is minimal in early years.
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5410 (3, 6, 19, 50)