'Purple Gem' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Mander, George
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Mauve or purple blend. Mild fragrance. Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.
Bushy, well-branched. Medium, glossy, dark green foliage.
Height of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm). Width of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 9b. Can be used for cut flower. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant. Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.
'MANpurpearl' is my registered Code name with IRAR for this rose.
NOTE : August 30th. 2007. It is now officially registered with IRAR as 'S.E.A. of Love'.
It is a sister seedling of my miniature 'Rubies'n'Pearls'.
This rose has never been introduced as I was too busy testing and introducing minis.
It is very vigorous, winter hardy and above average disease resistant with shiny foliage. As you'll see in the photos, the blooms have a very good high center for exhibition. It never had mildew in my yard with limited spraying only every 4 to 5 weeks from April to October.
Mauve colour varies from lighter to darker depending on weather & growing conditions.
At the Vancouver, BC Rose Show June 11th 2006
a smaller spray of this rose wins : "Best Floribunda Spray in Show"
25% of the proceeds from the sale of S.E.A. of Love will be donated to cancer research.
S.E.A. of Love was named for Susan E. Atkins of San Diego by a group of her friends in honor of her 60th birthday.