Modest (2-4 in)
Zone 6 - 8
Height & Width:
5 ft x 4 ft
Magenta is, by many measures, a rose outside the mainstream, but that generally increases its appeal. It is very much in the floribunda/shrub rose form of the early 1950s before floribundas were supposed to look like smaller, more foliferous hybrid tea roses. It bears generous numbers of lilac or mauve flowers. And they are very fragrant. Not every one believes it is very vigorous or resistant to disease, it will probably require some special attention where summers are sultry or soil tends to be too dry.
BTW: There are two curious flaws in the naming of this rose. The first is that it is not magenta at all. It is more of a lilac or mauve color - and much the more handsome for that fact. The second flaw is that magenta is a relatively easy color to produce in roses; but this color is not. So calling this rose magenta is a little like bragging that a Porsche is "self-propelled."
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