Reine des Violettes

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Photo of Rose Reine des Violettes

It can be tough to be a violet-tinted hybrid perpetual. In far too many cases the foliage has a distictive yellow tinge that looks ghastly with mauve, lilac, and violet. In this case, however, the green leaves are just blue enough that the foliage and flower look good together.

This is one of the earliest hybrid perpetuals and, argues Graham Thomas, one of the very few good ones. Others argue that it is really a misclassified bourbon. But at any rate it is healthy, remontant, nicely branched, well foliaged, fragrant, and pretty. Could do worse.

ARS members rate it 8.2.

Millet-Mallet, France 1872
Zone 4-9
Digital Camera: Fuji Finepix 2800
Rose: Petaluma Nursery, Jun 2003
Image and Text: Copyright S.R. Brubaker 2003. All rights reserved.