'Blue Moon' rose References
Book (1984) Page(s) 127, Pl. 5. Includes photo(s).
Blue moon HT Raised by Tantau, Holstein, Germany. Introduced 1964. Parentage Sterling Silver seedling x unknown. Also known as Mainzer Fastnacht. This was reckoned to be the first 'blue' rose, though to be more like a lilac. A great achievement, nevertheless, as this was surely the best grower of all of this shade (including the forerunner and part parent 'Sterling Silver' which although pretty lacked real vigour). Fragrance and long flower stems add to the charm and make it irresistible to flower arrangers in search of the unusual. Medium upright grower.
Book (1967) Page(s) 102. Includes photo(s).
Mainzer Fastnacht, French synonym: Sissi (H.T., Tantau 1964) - This rose, so remarkable for its colour, is especially suited for group planting and as cut flower.