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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Ink Spots'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ink Spots
Hybridized by Weeks; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive twilightsrose 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 began to flower with my ultimate rose. As this rose is in its first year, I am hoping that this is an example of what it will show more of next year, as it fully develops.


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

San Jose, California
Hampton, Illinois
Walla Walla, Washington

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