Large - about 4 inches
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
5 ft x 3
Reine des Violettes is one of the best purplish old roses. There seems to be quite a bit of variability to bloom color. Some pictures depict crimson buds that turn a dusky mauve-violet as they age. Others depict young crimson flowers turning a deep maroon-purple. Still others depict deep mauve buds opening and fading to rosy pink. Some of this variability stems from impostors being sold under this name. The petals of the real queen are narrow. The central ones are a little cupped, and there is a button eye. Their fragrance is excellent. The plant's long canes may produce more flowers, too, if they are pegged as are some bourbons. Perhaps because it is reliably remontant this is one of the old roses that definitely needs and responds to high culture. It's a rose that takes a few hours of shade in stride: In hot climates some PM shade is recommended to preserve the rich color of the flower.
Reine des Violettes was once such a popular rose that other cultivars have been propagated in its name; the consequence is that there can be quite a bit of especially in German-speaking regions.
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