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Ruskin - Hybrid Perpetual Rose

Ruskin

Hybrid Perpetual. Bred by Van Fleet in USA (NE) in 1928.
Use:
 
Shrub
Color:
 
Crimson
Form:
 
Quartered
Fragrance:
 
Strong
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 6 - 9
Height & Width:
 
6 ft x 5 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Some will find this rose a bit of an oddity. Its seed parent is a purplish rugosa hybrid, and its pollen parent is a crimson hybrid perpetual; and the latter evidently has had more influence on its observable traits. Its blossoms are a regal and garden-friendly shade of crimson and they fade to a lovely soft purple, and they are fragrant. Though they are attractive, it is unlikely one would choose this rose for their shape. The green of the leaves is softer and more muted than the severe minty green of the rugosa species. The plant blooms early in the season and it needs a long summer to manage a second crop of flowers. It also needs warm weather if it is to be generous with them.