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'Cardinal Hume ®' rose Description
'Cardinal Hume ® (Shrub, Harkness, 1984)' rose photo
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Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
60 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
ARS:
Mauve or mauve blend Shrub.
Registration name: HARregale
Exhibition name: Cardinal Hume ®
Origin:
Bred by Harkness (United Kingdom, 1984).
Introduced in United Kingdom by Harkness & Co. Ltd. as 'Cardinal Hume'.
Class:
Shrub.  
Bloom:
Violet-red.  Strong, cinnamon, fruity fragrance.  31 petals.  Average diameter 3".  Small, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Matte, dark green foliage.  
Height of 30" to 6' (75 to 185 cm).  Width of 35" to 8' (90 to 245 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b through 10b.  Can be used for cut flower, garden, ground cover, pillar or understock.  Very vigorous.  a good subject for pegging.  can be trained as a climber.  produces decorative hips.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to blackspot .  
Notes:
This rose can grow much taller and wider than the size stated in the REFERENCES. See COMMENTS.

David Austin included this rose in 'David Austin's English Roses" at the suggestion of Harkness and Co., its breeders. (p. 88)

Some difference of opinion about parentage, see References...
Cardinal Basil Hume, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, died in London 17 June 1999.
 
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