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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Sterling Silver'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sterling Silver
Additional cultivar information: (PP1433)
Hybridized by Fisher; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1955

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Hybrid Tea

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:
Patent expired

Other Details:
Unknown - Tell us

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)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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1 positive
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Leesto On Apr 25, 2013, Leesto from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have been growing several bushes of this variety for the past 5 years in the Los Angeles area. As lavender roses go it is a pretty color with a nice fragrance - but not long lasting. The flowers begin to fade within a day and the edges of the petals brown-out quickly. It does not last long in a vase. I have given it good care but it just doesn't hold up like traditional-colored roses do.

Negative jenniealice On Jan 10, 2010, jenniealice from Fort Bragg, CA wrote:

It has such a wonderful smell and beautiful blooms, but for the past (maybe 10?) years it has never truly been a happy rose. Gangly and small with maybe 3 blooms and barely any foliage--I think it's scent lures the deer too! Our first deer to brave our deck came up to crop the top off of it. I'm not sure where this rose would be happy, but I'd like to give it better treatment this year (maybe re-pot or move) to see if it does better.

Neutral Joan On Apr 11, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 1433 has expired
Positive EricaVee On Jun 11, 2005, EricaVee from Norwell, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This rose bloomed very well in its first year, I liked the fragrance especially. The only problem I remember is that when the flowers started to fade, they looked terrible and attracted insects (I can't remember what they were, I think ants), which didn't happen with any of my other roses. It's come back wonderfully after a harsh winter and there are some nice big buds on it.


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

Goodyear, Arizona
Emeryville, California
Fort Bragg, California
Merced, California
Van Nuys, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Norwell, Massachusetts
Hornell, New York
Snow Hill, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Haltom City, Texas
North Bend, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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