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Omar Khayyam - Damask Rose

Omar Khayyam

Damask. Bred by in in 1893.
Use:
 
Shrub
Color:
 
Lilac
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
Strong
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Small - about 2 inches
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 11
Height & Width:
 
3ft x 3
Recommendation:
 

Comments The very crinkled blossoms of Omar Khayyam are a pale pink; and the open flower viewed from afar is vaguely reminiscent of a pink carnation. Fragrance is rich, complex, legendary. The foliage is a cool gray-green making it look well placed in a desert garden. It is, perhaps, a rose better grown for its literary connections or its scent than for the visual contributions it might make to a flower garden.

BTW: The rose, Omar Khayyam, is planted on the grave of the ninteenth century poet and author Edward FitzGerald who translated The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam from Persian. We understand that the rose growing on FitzGerald's grave was grown from seed of the rose grown on the Persian author's grave.