Rose (Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue') in the Roses Database

Alternative cultivar names:
'Rhapsody in Blue'

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Bloom shape: Other: Saucer-shaped
Petal count: semi-double: 8-15 petals
Rose bloom color: Mauve and mauve blend
Extra Bloom Info: Cupped to flat, in clusters
Rebloom: Good
Class: Shrub
Extra Color Info: Bluish-mauve
Growth Habit: Tall, typically 6-7', upright
Fragrance: Moderate
Hybridizer & year: Frank R. Cowlishaw, 1999
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 5 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: 6-7 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Parentage: Summer Wine x (((International Herald Tribune) x ((Blue Moon x Montezuma) x (Violacea x Montezuma))
Child plants: 2 child plants


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Location: Kassia's Garden - Framingham, MA Date: 2012-05-25
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Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Nov 22, 2014 9:34 PM

This rose was extremely popular in Europe for almost 10 years before it arrived in the United States, by which time all of us rose fans had seen photos of it and were quite eager to buy it. Roses lack a blue gene, so the blooms are usually a smoky purple, but they occasionally display the "bluest" hue I've ever seen in a rose. The sweetly scented blooms form large clusters on a fairly tall rose bush, which can be grown as a short climber.

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