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'Veilchenblau' rose Description
'Veilchenblau (Rambler, Schmidt, 1909)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Altora
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
98 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Multiflora.
Registration name: Veilchenblau
Origin:
Bred by Johann Christoph Schmidt (Germany, 1909).
Class:
Climber, Hybrid Multiflora, Polyantha, Cl., Rambler.  
Bloom:
Violet, white streaks, stripes, flecks, white center, yellow stamens.  Moderate, green apple, lily of the valley fragrance.  Average diameter 1.5".  Small, semi-double (9-16 petals), cluster-flowered, in large clusters, cupped-to-flat bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  
Habit:
Tall, climbing, thornless (or almost).  Large, glossy, light green foliage.  
Height of 10' to 20' (305 to 610 cm).  Width of up to 12' (up to 365 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 4b and warmer.  Can be used for garden, landscape or pillar.  Hardy.  vigorous.  can be trained as a climber.  shade tolerant.  
Ploidy:
Diploid
Notes:
Although most sources report the parentage of this rose as 'Crimson Rambler' x 'Erinnerung an Brod', Schmidt (the hybridizer) said "Veilchenblau is a direct seedling of the 'Crimson Rambler,' not cultivated by fructification with another kind" (reported in Franklin Clarkin, "The Quest of the Perfect Rose," Everybody's Magazine 24: 746-757 (1911)). Thanks to member Karl King for discovering this.
 
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