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'Incense Indigo ™' rose Description
'Incense Indigo ™' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Viraraghavan, M.S.
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
17 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: VIRmagenta
Exhibition name: Incense Indigo ™
Origin:
Bred by M.S. Viraraghavan (India, 2005).
Introduced in United States by Roses Unlimited in 2004 as 'Incense Indigo'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
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.  
Habit:
Medium, bushy.  Medium, semi-glossy foliage.  
Height of up to 3' (up to 90 cm).  
Growing:
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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