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Stainless Steel - Hybrid Tea Rose

Stainless Steel

Hybrid Tea. Bred by Carruth in USA in 1995.
Cutting Bed, Bed, Border
Bloom Size:
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 5 - 10
Height & Width:
4 ft x 2 ft

Comments This rose takes up where Sterling Silver left off: as the best pale lilac hybrid tea rose bred to date; or at least the most popular. Stainless Steel has a reputation for doing very well on the West Coast, even in coastal areas where mildew and rust are a problem. In places where blackspot is a serious problem, i.e. most places east of the Mississippi River, Stainless Steel is far from as durable as its namesake, but it is better than its predecessor. A rose gardener in Iowa claims it is reliably winter hardy there. Where it grows well it is likely to please both for its shapely blossoms and for its good fragrance.

BTW: For years the rose Sterling Silver (Fisher, 1957) was the rose of choice if one wanted a fragrant lilac rose. Where weather is warm and reltatively dry, it proved a good choice. But elsewhere it was panned as being a terrible grower, prone to blackspot. Some other good roses in this arena were mostly ignored: Blue Moon, Blue Boy, Silver Star (Kordes 1966), and so on. In 1986 Lagerfeld fanned a lot of fresh interest in fragrant lilac roses. And in 1995 Weeks Roses released Stainless Steel as a replacement for Sterling Silver. It is usually true that introducing one more rose of a type tends to create one more faction, it seems.