The Q&A Archives: Are There Black Colored Roses

Question: I am looking for a rose that is black in color, possibly one that's very deep purple. Is there such a rose in existence? I think that color would be exquisite. Please let me know of any information you can find.

Answer: According to the Oxford University rose society, no true black roses exist. Some roses sold as black roses are actually dark red or maroon. The petals of many of these dark red roses tend to sunburn easily. To see that a rose is not truly black, hold it up next to a piece of black construction paper. To make a dark red rose appear blacker, put its stem in water that has black ink in it. I have listed some roses that have been mentioned when black roses are discussed. Next to some of the roses a very subjective description of the color is given. * Black Jade: dark red miniature, * Cardinal de Richelieu: dark purple Gallica, * Chateau de Clos-Vougeot: HT, deep red blossoms, blackish highlights, poor growth, * Francis Dubreuil: Tea rose, * Guinee: very, very dark red, * Mr. Lincoln: HT, dark red, * Nuits de Young purple Moss rose, * Oklahoma: HT, deep crimson, * Souvenir du Dr Jamain: Hybrid Perpetual, dark red/maroon, * Sympathie: deep red climber,* Taboo: Popular dark rose that has deep red flowers with darker edges (it reportedly has nearly black buds), * The Prince: English rose, very, very dark red/purple, * Tuscany Superb: Gallica, deep maroon velvet.<br><br>Incidentally, I have a fellow gardening friend who grows 'Taboo' mentioned above(obtained from Jackson & Perkins, 1-800-292-4769), and it is absolutely breathtaking.

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