75 days, dwarf
— 'Rosella Purple' is 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.
'Rosella Purple' originated from a cross between 'Budai' (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'. It was grown out to its ninth generation before being released, and is a quite stable open-pollinated variety, but still may produce the occasional off-type plant.
Others involved in its development were David Lockwood (Australia), Lee Newman, Dee Sackett, Paola Gelmetti, Linda Black, Susan Anderson, Patty Brown, Reinhard Kraft (Germany) and Bill Minkey. It was introduce by the Victory Seed Company for the 2011 gardening season and was one of the first introductions from the Dwarf Tomato Project
. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.