Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info) Cultivar: Midnight Blue Additional cultivar information: (PP16623; aka Midnight Blue™, WEKfabpur) Hybridized by Carruth; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003
Hardiness: 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) 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: Double Cupped
Flower Fragrance: Very Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Blooms repeatedly
Habit: Bush Can be trained as a standard or tree form
Patent Information: Patented
Other Details: Resistant to black spot Resistant to mildew Resistant to rust
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
On Mar 14, 2013, ms1954 from katonah, ny United States wrote:
This is a rose I bought by mail, from Heirloom Roses. As is usual with their roses, it arrived tiny but healthy. I transplanted it into a pot with about an 8 inch diameter, and put it on my southern exposure deck in Westchester County, NY (Zone 5b/6a). It grew only two or three leaves and then died.
On Oct 2, 2012, Jez_Roth from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:
A wonderful color, isn't it?
Of course, that's the main reason I plant roses, the fragrance being a close second - but the color was so unique and deep that when I saw it on sale, I had to scoop it up.
So far, four months after planting, Midnight Blue is doing very well. Repeat blooming, rich scent, and while it does fade a bit into a lighter, reddish violet in the intense sunny days of Vegas, in ninety-degree-ish heat, it managed to look as intense as the photos shown.
I've received a variety of compliments on it and when I've given cuts of it as gifts, the recipient is often floored by the color.
On Jan 31, 2006, morningstar83 from Montpelier, VT wrote:
I first saw this rose fall 2005 in the Montreal Botanical Garden in Quebec. Beautiful! I took lots of pictures of plant and of the identification signs so I would not forget what it was. Since it seemed quite happy there, I've decided I'm going to order one and try it in Zone 4a Vermont!
On May 7, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
This is a great little rose, it's got the fragrance of cloves and is the most amazing color of grapejuice purple! It's a relatively clean plant and is pretty hardy too.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Lake Of The Pines, California Reseda, California San Antonio Heights, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Sherman, Connecticut Hampton, Illinois Baton Rouge, Louisiana Denham Springs, Louisiana Baltimore, Maryland Las Vegas, Nevada Medford Lakes, New Jersey Windsor, New York North Augusta, South Carolina Eagleton Village, Tennessee Montpelier, Vermont Seattle, Washington Vancouver, Washington