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Hybrid Tea Rose 'Ink Spots'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ink Spots
Additional cultivar information:(PP5855)
Hybridized by Weeks
Registered or introduced: 1985
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Hybrid Tea


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Susceptible to black spot

Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


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

San Jose, California

Hampton, Illinois

Walla Walla, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 4, 2007, twilightsrose from Victoria, BC wrote:

I have to rave about this rose... unlike several roses I have in close proximity, this rose has been barely affected by spider mites and various fungal diseases (blackspot, rust or powdery mildew). It could also compete very easily as the blackest of the roses, as the tips of the petals on mine look nearly black (see the pictures for yourself...they are 100% unedited), and it also has what looks like black/blue brush strokes over the top surface of the dark red petals. It has some of the most beautiful & perfect blooms I've seen, plus it can have long stems. Around September 3rd it began to open to the most gorgeous bloom in my collection. All of the blooms until now had been much smaller, when one cane suddenly doubled in height (all the other canes are still half the height) and beg... read more