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'Stephens' Big Purple' rose References
Website/Catalog  (2008)  Page(s) 6.  Includes photo(s).
Booklet  (2008)  
 
Seedling books Books NZ 1972-85. 1982-1983.
Big Purple STEtbigpu 7997. NZ. by Pat Stephens. Purple HT.

[It is believed Sam McGredy assisted in the distribution of Pat Stephens roses. The number 7997 signifies a 1979 first budded year]
Book  (1999)  Page(s) 566.  Includes photo(s).
 
'Stephens' Big Purple'. ....Zones 5-10.
Book  (Jul 1996)  Page(s) 38.  Includes photo(s).
 
Big Purple Large-flowered bush (Hybrid Tea) Stephens (New Zealand) 1987 ('Stebigpu', 'Nuit d'Orient', 'Stephens' Big Purple') Description.
Book  (1996)  Page(s) 78.  Includes photo(s).
 
Big Purple ('Nuit d'Orient', 'Stephens' Big Purple', STEbigpu) large-flowered hybrid tea bush. Size, colour and scent are the great assets of this rose... a rich beetroot-purple colour... Stephens 1987
Book  (1994)  Page(s) 45.  
 
Auckland Rose of the Year. Most Fragrant Rose: 'Big Purple' (Stevens, N.Z)
Book  (Sep 1993)  Page(s) 77.  Includes photo(s).
 
Big Purple ('Stevens' Big Purple', 'Nuit d'Orient') Large-flowered. Pat Stevens (New Zealand) 1986. Description... the blooms are big, full-bodied and purple. Parentage: 'Purple Splendour' x unnamed seedling
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 576.  
 
Stephens' Big Purple Hybrid Tea, purple, 1985, (STEbigpu; 'Big Purple'; 'Nuit d'Orient'; 'Stephens' Rose Big Purple'); Seedling x 'Purple Splendour'; Stephens, Pat. Description.
Book  (Feb 1993)  Page(s) 173.  Includes photo(s).
 
Big Purple Large-flowered hybrid tea. Parentage: Unknown. ('Nuit d'Orient'; STEbigpu; 'Stephens' Big Purple') New Zealand 1987. Description and cultivation... a very striking, deep beetroot-purple...
Book  (1992)  Page(s) 107.  
 
Final Analysis 1991-92.
'Big Purple' (STEbigpu); Stephens 1986; Unnamed Seedling x 'Purple Splendour'; purple; 37 reports on 45 bushes; 1-5 years; I.2 metres; 6.8 rating. A unique rose bred in NZ by the late Pat Stephens and has been received well everywhere for the fragrant purple blooms. The ratings have varied greatly over the years appearing to do much better in Northland and Auckland than further south. The main problems seem to be, very slow repeat of blooms, bushes have prominent dieback, colour fades to a rather ugly shade as flower ages and not many basals produced. All agree that they love colour in the early stages and also the fragrance - it really stands out in the garden when in bloom. A Marlborough grower probably sums it up well 'a very good rose at times BUT!!!'.
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