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'Rook' rose Description
'Rook' rose photo
Photo courtesy of aprille
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Commercially available
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HMF Ratings:
26 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Gallica.
Registration name: Ardrook
Exhibition name: Rook
Origin:
Bred by Paul Barden (United States, 2004).
Introduced in United States by Rogue Valley Roses in 2009 as 'Rook'.
Class:
Gallica / Provins.  
Bloom:
Deepest velvet purple/crimson.  Mild, carnation, clove, pepper fragrance.  70 to 120 petals.  Average diameter 3".  Medium, very full (41+ petals), flat to cupped, quartered bloom form.  Prolific, once-blooming spring or summer.  Medium, rounded buds.  
Habit:
Medium, bushy, mounded.  Medium, matte, medium green, leathery foliage.  3 to 5 leaflets.  
Height of 3' (90 cm).  Width of 3' (90 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 4a through 8b.  Can be used for garden or specimen.  Very hardy.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: disease resistant, very blackspot resistant., mildew resistant, very rust resistant.  Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.  Remove unproductive wood every third year or so.  This rose blooms on old wood.  
Breeder's notes:
This seedling has the darkest, richest color of most any Gallica I know, comparable to, but redder than 'Tuscany Superb'.
Ploidy:
Tetraploid
Notes:
 
 
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