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'VIRmagenta' rose Description
'Incense Indigo ™' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Beth's Northern CA Rose Garden
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HMF Ratings:
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Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: VIRmagenta
Exhibition name: Incense Indigo ™
Bred by M.S. Viraraghavan (India, 2005).
Introduced in United States by Roses Unlimited in 2004 as 'Incense Indigo'.
Hybrid Tea.  
Mauve or purple blend.  Strong fragrance.  26 to 40 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Medium, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Medium, bushy.  Medium, semi-glossy foliage.  
Height of up to 3' (up to 90 cm).  
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, garden, landscape or shrub.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  
Breeder's notes:
Unusally strong damask fragrance.

This has no ‘other name’ ( an Indian one). You can see our alliteration is at work. This variety has richly colored magenta-purple blooms, hybrid tea at bud stage, opening wide to fully double flowers, and with a very strong clove fragrance.
“Incense’ is very much an eastern connotation, conjuring up fragrances of musk and myrrh and spice.
Indigo plants were grown in enormous tracts in north-central India in the late 19th century to supply the color to the drill garments worn by English industrial workers.
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