Rosella Purple

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Rosella Purple
Maturity midseason
Growth habit dwarf, indet.
Leaf type regular, rugose
Fruit color purple
Fruit shape beefsteak, oblate
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type created heirloom, stabilized intentional cross
Country Australia, USA, Germany
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Rosella Purple - sliced fruit. 2015-09-12.


Indet., dwarf (tree-type) plants with regular rugose foliage, medium purple/black fruits, oblate, some ruffled shapes. 4-10 oz. Very good flavor. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) 12 / Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin (WI MI B) 11

Year grown: 2012, 2014, 2015

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


58 days, dwarf, regular leaf rugose foliage, medium to large purple fruit, productive, just delicious with a full flavor similar to Cherokee Purple.
Similar to Cherokee Purple in color, size, shape and flavor but on a dwarf growing plant. Regular leaf, dark green rugose foliage, stout central stem, grows to three to four feet in height. Perfect for a large container or a small garden space. The fruits are oblate, ranging from six to twelve ounces, and ripen to a deep purple-pink color. Flavor is full, intense, balanced and delicious.
I grew out vial 2814, F8 seed which I got from Bill Minkey and is the CV seed source - as well as vial 2822, F8 seed which I got from Reinhard Kraft and is also a CV seed source, 2826, F8 seed from ddsack as the one with the closest description of her growouts, and 3039, F8 seed from Suze . Plant habit and leaf shape as expected - Semi-determinate regular leaf dwarf, first ripe fruit in 65, 88, 67 and 58 days respectively - the shorter length with the best location and longest day with the worst. Two of the plants are still healthy and producing well, and two others are now struggling but still alive. Yield very good, fruit are oblate but smooth and quite regular, in the 6 - 10 ounce range with a few larger, a nice rich deep purple exterior and rich crimson interior, small seed locules. Flavor is balanced and excellent, with some in the 9 out of 10 range, amongst the best tomatoes we've tasted this year and pretty much equal to Cherokee Purple. This exceeded my flavor expectations - it is really a great tomato and a worthy alternative to Cherokee Purple in terms of getting the same eating experience, fruit size and color in an easier to maintain plant. F9 seed is saved in vials 11-32, 11-29, 11-33 and 11-151. The plants that were in the same general locations performed pretty much identically - my feeling is that all four of these selections are pretty much the same. It will be interesting to see how this one performs for people, since I think the variety may be a bit more sensitive to climate/conditions than the Sneezy family varieties.

Seed source:

Dwarf Tomato Project: F8 seed from Bill Minkey (WI MI B) (CV source); F8 seed from Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany (CV source); F8 seed from Susan Anderson (TX AN S); ddsack

Year grown:



  • Developed in the 2006-2011 by the members of the Dwarf Tomato Project from a cross between Budaï Torpe (a small red fruited dwarf) and Stump of the World, made in 2006 by Patrina Nuske Small in Australia. A subsequent selection discovered by Craig LeHoullier led to 'Rosella Purple'.
  • Others involved in its development are David Lockwood (Australia), Lee Newman, Dee Sackett, Paola Gelmetti, Linda Black (California), Susan Anderson (Texas), Patty Brown (Ohio), Reinhard Kraft (Germany) and Bill Minkey (Wisconsin).
  • Victory Seed Company introduced the variety in 2011.
  • More information about the development of this cultivar can be found on the Dwarf Tomato Project website.


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