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PlantFiles: Shrub Rose
Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rhapsody in Blue
Additional cultivar information: (aka FRAntasia, Rhapsody in Blue)
Hybridized by Cowlishaw; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:
Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By simple layering

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5 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative manueldalmeida On Sep 13, 2012, manueldalmeida from Lisbon
Portugal wrote:

"Rhapsody in blue" is not a good rose for regions where the weather is to dry, sun shining and hot. The plant defoliates and does not bloom during summer (only in spring and late autumn)

Positive Sandrasrosegarden On Jan 29, 2012, Sandrasrosegarden from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

I have had this rose for 4 years now and last year it bloomed all summer. Large beautiful clusters of purple roses. Unfortunately in October the rose got black mood and I thought it had not made it. I did not have the heart to dig up the roots so I left it there. In the second week of January I found 6 new sprouts coming from the roots about 4 inches from the original rose stem. I have never seen a rose so determined to survive.

Positive jackidee On Jun 29, 2010, jackidee from Sherwood, OR wrote:

Mine is blooming heavily in it's 3rd year. The color is intense when sun isn't strong, so early spring bloom and fall. Strong sun means more gray, less blue.

Positive lisabeth On Aug 11, 2009, lisabeth from State of..., MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I am in my third year with this rose. I do really like it. With good fertility and care this year, I've had good results with rebloom. I just want to note, that the flowers drop off almost as soon as they open and the color starts out very dark and starts fading as soon as it opens. It is pretty and easy but I did read that it makes good cut flowers and this is incorrect. They wouldn't make it one day in a vase. A nice shrub rose with some fragrance.

Positive dakotaroser On Jun 14, 2008, dakotaroser from Kingston, NH wrote:

bought this rose last year (07') put it on the deck in a large
pot and it just bloomed all summer right up til frost, I transplanted it into its new home in October and this year
it has grown three times the size of the original and is
covered with beautiful shades of purples, dark, dark reddish
purples and smokey inbetweens of these colors. Many of
the blooms have this beautiful hand painted look of white
running through many of the blooms, it really makes this
even more beautiful. An outstanding rose, I barely had to prune this as it has so
little die back it was amazing. Its always hard to watch
the japanese bettles attack roses but it bounced back
with no problems and resumed blooming like crazy!! It has a beautiful smell, I
have a new one potted on my deck and its blooming like
crazy just like the last one and keeps sending up new
growth and buds, this one is amazing. It doesn't really like
the hot hot weather, when it gets into the 90s it sulks a bid
so I give it some extra water and attention and its fine.
Read up on this wonderful rose, its really carefree and
if you like these colors its a winner in my books.

Negative Jamie_Anderson On Apr 6, 2006, Jamie_Anderson from Wellington
New Zealand wrote:

I ordered and potted one of these, enticed by the marketed purple colour. It's an OK rose, but the "slate blue" flowers as they call them just look kinda dull, and perhaps diseased.

Positive wallaby1 On Dec 17, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought these in Autumn 2002, rose of the year 2003! I started them off in very large pots, as the ground was not ready. The plants had large roots, and looked very healthy. I was amazed at how quickly they grew, I had 3 and placed one in each 'corner' of a round cornered triangle, with a variety of seed grown campanula and a dahlia Cafe au Lait in the centre. It's first year was a very good display. This rose starts to flower early, and continues for a long time, making many new shoots with large clusters of medium sized loosely double, scented flowers.

The colour starts a deep purplish colour, with an occasional white streak, opening quite flat and changing colour to a silvery greyish blue as it ages. It has a scent which is hard to describe, I wouldn't say it was as strong as some but a very pleasing 'delicious' scent, not too sweet, one which entices you to keep going back for another 'sniff'. If it were a perfume I would say a fruity floral.

A very easy shrub to grow, I hit a bed of hard sandstone at the base, with just enough topsoil to grow it in. It is a sandy, free-draining old river bed, and the particular spot is quite poor.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Jose, California
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Gardiner, Maine
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Winchester, Massachusetts
Kingston, New Hampshire
Durham, North Carolina
Albany, Oregon
Sherwood, Oregon
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Vancouver, Washington

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