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Sterling Silver - Hybrid Tea Rose

Sterling Silver

Hybrid Tea. Bred by Fisher in USA in 1957.
Use:
 
Counterexample
Color:
 
Lilac
Form:
 
High-Centered
Fragrance:
 
Strong
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Stingy
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
-
Height & Width:
 
3 ft x 2
Recommendation:
 
Collectors Only

Comments For more than thirty years this was widely considered the best one could do in lilac colored hybrid tea roses in the US. In the three counties of the US where it grows well, it is a splendid rose with a delicious fragrance. ARS members give it a 5.1 making it possibly the lowest rated rose in wide distribution in the US. Most places it's a blackspot-ravaged wreck. Even where it's not, it grows weakly. If you covet a fragrant lilac rose check out Stainless Steel, Blue Moon, Neptune, or Sweetness. Lagerfeld and Silver Star (Kordes 1966), Charles DeGaulle, or Shocking Blue would all be reasonable alternatives.