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Floribunda Rose 'Purple Tiger'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Tiger
Additional cultivar information:(aka 'JACpurr', Impressionist)
Hybridized by Christensen
Registered or introduced: 1991
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly




Patent Information:


Other Details:

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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:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

, (2 reports)

Tucson, Arizona

Auburn, California

Canoga Park, California

Elk Grove, California

Merced, California

Orinda, California

Reseda, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Sherman, Connecticut

Hampton, Illinois

Amherst, New Hampshire

Columbus, Ohio

Eugene, Oregon

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 28, 2016, rossbynum from Houston, TX wrote:

I love striped roses, and Purple Tiger is a garish, unique rose. For me, it's a must-have based on color alone. But...

This poor little thing gets blackspot and defoliates in Houston, TX so fast it'll make your head spin no matter how much you spray. As it has a miniture in it's parentage, it also doesn't get that big. It's very compact for a floribunda. If you can accept that it will never be more than a small, twiggy plant with some eye-popping flowers on top then snap one up. It's a definite no-go for someone who doesn't spray!


On May 9, 2016, WildcountryM from Eugene, OR wrote:

I only put a "Neutral" rating because I just purchased this rose today (5/9/2016) -- its sitting on my deck waiting to be potted.

I love Floribundas anyway, but the color and fragrance description of this one was intriguing -- I like me a sassy, sexy, perfumey rose! The potted specimen that I ended up choosing caught my eye because it was particularly healthy: fully leafed out, nice clean bud union, many vigorous canes, many well formed buds set already. Yeah, it just seduced me with its VERY glossy, narrowish, pointed leaves -- a rich deep green to bronze-green trimmed with purplish red. I looked at that and got all weak in the knees and decided to give it a try.

ARS rating for Purple Tiger is 7.1 -- not "great," but, not terrible. Southern Willamette Valle... read more


On Jun 22, 2013, atalanta from Sherman, CT wrote:

Beautiful, dramatic flowers verging on lurid--not for the subtle garden! But if you like striped roses, it's a must. Bought mine from the local Stop/Shop about a week ago. So far, so good.


On Jan 28, 2009, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

not a rose for the hot and humid south, imo.


On Jun 28, 2006, Hanabee23 from Elk Grove, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have an alternate to this plant and it was labeled "perfume tiger". It is mostly white with purple stripes. I'm guessing it was the same rose. The smell is just wonderful! I have it in a large pot in my yard. It gets sun all day and is growning great. I recommend this plant to anyone that wants a showy garden.


On Sep 5, 2005, Brian_OH from Columbus, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This was one of the first two rose bushes I purchased after moving to the area. I was very pleased with the plant's growth and abundant production of blooms. It is now in its second season and still going strong!


On Jul 11, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I brought this home with a small, new collection of purple fragrant roses for the new hummingbird area, and this one just gave up the ghost. I was sooo bummed, not another one was available anywhere, everyone else (Intrique, Melody parfume, Aromatherapy, Angel Face, Perfume Delight) was just fine. I watered it, stroking it's dead brown limbs daily, came back. Praise the Lord and pass the Miracle Grow. I expect this delight to be one of my favorites.


On May 27, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Meets my definition of purple - is not a purplish red or purplish pink. My plant gets afternoon shade and the flower color does not fade.


On May 18, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a lovely little rose but it gets black spot so bad in my zone 5 garden. I love the striped blooms and the color is very pretty.


On Jul 21, 2004, spoildbeyond from Mason City, IA wrote:

We just recently took a tour threw "Reiman Gardens" in Ames, Iowa. This is where I first learned of the "Purple Tiger" rose. I would like to add this rose to my collection next year. All I can say is that this rose was very pretty. Was very surprised that they do not mulch there roses. The ground was very dry but the roses were over all pretty healthy.


On Jun 24, 2003, yogaman from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Plum purple striped with white and pink.
Parentage: Intrigue X Pinstripe