I have been busy pruning my roses for the past week. Today, I was pruning Plum Perfect (it does live up to its name). Behind two of the plants were small rose plants that had tiny buds on them. I thought perhaps I had left some root from the other own root plant I had where I placed Plum Perfect. Imagine my surprise when I pulled on the small rose plant and this is what I got. The root was long and it ran sideways. Reminded me of a fig tree root.
All of my roses in my garden are own root, so I doubt it is Dr. Huey. Plus, for as long as I have been in this house (16 years), there has only been own root roses in this spot. The root went into the part of the planter where I have my Pretty Jessica (again own root). I compared the leaves on this plant with Plum Perfect and with Pretty Jessica and they both look the same as the little plant with the big root that I pulled out. I have not heard that either Pretty Jessica or Plum Perfect will create runner plants. But that doesn't mean anything.
Both of these plants back up to my fence between me and my neighbor. Whether or not she has roses there, who knows? Is this Dr. Huey perhaps from my neighbor or is one of my plants creating runners and new plants? Or is this a leftover from my former plant, Midnight Blue which I pulled out but may have missed a root?
Close up of the leaves
The whole thing with the root attached (sorry for the stains on the floor of my garage)