Does anyone know this dark purple/ crimson moss rose?

boisenoise(5/6 West)June 24, 2007

This is another one of the Idaho Botanical Garden's "mystery roses" (lost label; no one knows its identity!) The IBG would like to get its roses properly labelled and recorded. If anyone recognizes this rose (or any of the others that I have posted on this forum), please let me know! Thanks so much!

This one is a moss rose, I think, although the "moss" is pretty sparse! Flowers are small, very double, and deep purple/ crimson. The flowers are slightly lighter-colored in the center than on the edges; outer petals have a mottled look, almost as if they are faintly striped. I think the rose could be described as having a "silvery reverse" (I have seen this phrase used on helpmefind!")

The shrub is small, sparse, and rather gawky. Canes are very thorny. Buds are squat and stout in appearance.

Shrub (less than three feet tall):

Buds and flower on a hotter day, which seemed to affect the color: (The overhead sprinklers had just run, so the flowers were soaking wet.)

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boisenoise(5/6 West)

I went out and took another look at this rose today. The flowers are about 2" across (meaning that my first photo above is somewhat larger than life!); one that I dismembered had a petal count of 129. I would call the fragrance "medium," but I don't have as strong a sense of smell as most people! Leaves are rather coarse; it is the water on them that makes them appear shiny in the photo above.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 2:52PM
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Perhaps Indigo?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 12:39PM
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nancynine(z8 OR)

Hello - the first picture sure looks like my Austin rose, Tradescant.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 4:22PM
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boisenoise(5/6 West)

Hmmm . . . I've been looking at photos of 'Indigo,' and you're right, it does look a LOT like it! The leaves look right, too. This rose is smaller and has a higher petal count than the descriptions for 'Indigo,' though . . . I wonder whether those depend on growing conditions? I think this rose is a once-bloomer, but I could be wrong . . . I'll have to go out and check on it a few times this summer to see whether it blooms again.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 6:48PM
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boisenoise(5/6 West)

Does anyone grow 'Ombree Parfait' / 'Ombree Parfaite'? I ran across a description of it, and it seems to fit this rose fairly well . . . at least, as far as the description went.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2007 at 12:12AM
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