English Rose, Austin Rose 'The Dark Lady'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: The Dark Lady
Additional cultivar information:(PP8677, aka AUSbloom, Dark Lady)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1991
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

Bloom Color:

Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Antioch, California

Elgin, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Louisville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Alfred, Maine

Kannapolis, North Carolina

Painesville, Ohio

Charleston, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Gilmer, Texas

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 12, 2014, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

II find that this plant forms new growth and flowers very quickly - about once a month. It is more productive with more water, and I situated it on the east side of my property so that it gets afternoon shade. Located there, it is much redder and does not have so much of a tendency to fade to fuschia.

I have two and am ordering a third.


On Dec 21, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b, coastal Otago, New Zealand.

Though we have an excellent climate for roses down here, Im finding this variety to be slow to establish and set flowers as compared with my other new roses.
*UPDATE- it was slow to establish but has picked up speed and is now perfectly satisfactory.

Indeed, this is not a red rose. It's an intense blue-flushed magenta and the colour varies widely between blooms, from the 'darkness' of the name to a medium shade, especially with age, but oddly, some buds are much darker than others from the outset.

Looks like it will be quite a low, compact bush compared to my teas. No black spot yet; my 'nana' garden is well ventilated but we're having a cold, damp spring summer thus far and these DA roses are holdi... read more


On Dec 28, 2008, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I acquired this rose thinking it was a dark red in color. Instead, it blooms in my garden as an intense pink. Don't know if it is different cameras, or different soils, or what. But mine certainly wasn't the dark red I was expecting. But it is a gorgeous rose. I didn't find mine to be particularly fragrant, but, again, that may depend on time of day, the scent that my nose picks up, etc.


On Nov 14, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

According to David Austin's 2009 Handbook of Roses, the name for this rose is from the Dark Lady of Shakespeare's Sonnets


On Nov 11, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very smelly rose with nearly 100 petals per flower- dark red-purple colored