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'Dragon's Blood' rose Description
'Dragon's Blood' rose photo
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Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
21 favorite votes.  
Average rating: FAIR.  
ARS:
Russet Shrub.
Registration name: ARDraco,  Dragon's Blood
Origin:
Bred by Paul Barden (United States, 1979).
Class:
Floribunda.  
Bloom:
Russet.  Mild, honey, tea rose fragrance.  15 to 25 petals.  Average diameter 2.5".  Medium, semi-double (9-16 petals), cluster-flowered, cupped-to-flat bloom form.  Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  
Habit:
Bushy, well-branched.  Medium, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 4' to 7' (120 to 215 cm).  Width of 4' to 7' (120 to 215 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for container rose or garden.  Very vigorous.  flowers drop off cleanly.  heat tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, susceptible to blackspot .  Prune lightly until this rose gets established (about two years), then prune it back by about a third..  Remove spent blooms only.  
Breeder's notes:
This seedling has a remarkable color combination; an overall rusty-orange hue with an overlay of varying amounts of smoky purple. Its blend of colors varies with the atmospheric temperature. It is continuously in flower, sending out a new cluster immediately behind the previous cluster.

I have used 'Dragon's Blood' in breeding and found it to have some excellent genes for color and floriferousness. Breeders take note.
Notes:
Further notes on the parentage of 'Dragon's Blood': the seed parent is an un-named Ralph Moore rose given to me for breeding purposes. Its Moore code number is 203-91-13. It came from Moore's 1-72-1 crossed with a found Bourbon, believed to be "Grandma's Hat".
 
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