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'Purple Gem' rose Description
'S.E.A. of Love' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Mander, George
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
29 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Mauve or mauve blend Floribunda.
Registration name: MANpurpearl
Exhibition name: S.E.A. of Love
Origin:
Bred by George Mander (Canada, 1992).
Class:
Floribunda.  
Bloom:
Mauve or purple blend.  Mild fragrance.  Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  
Habit:
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).
Growing:
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.  
Breeder's notes:
'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.
Notes:
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.
 
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