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'Othello' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 98-646
most recent 21 APR 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 APR 17 by LI_Rose
Does anyone know where Othello is available to purchase? DA has discontinued it.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 21 APR 17 by Nastarana
I believe it is being sold by Long Ago Roses. It may be being sold under its breeder code name, 'Auslo'. I highly recommend Long Ago Roses for superb customer service and for keeping rare roses in commerce at extremely reasonable prices.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 21 APR 17 by LI_Rose
Thank you, I contacted them, and they will need a year to propagate it for me, but that's fine with me. Thanks so much for the response!
Reply #3 of 3 posted 21 APR 17 by Nastarana
You are welcome. I am happy to send a worthy company some business.
Discussion id : 83-257
most recent 20 FEB 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 FEB 15 by Stephen Haydon
I would describe Othello's fragrance as rather like a sweet red wine.
The colour is an attractive red shade when the flowers bloom, but soon ages to a dull purple, which I find a little disappointing.
Discussion id : 35-169
most recent 30 MAR 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 30 MAR 09 by Nastarana
This was one of the first English roses I grew, and I still have a fondness for it, thorny, awkward growth and all. I think it would do very well as part of a hedge, if one happened to want to discourage trespassing. The foliage is somewhat prone to mildew, but the plant is so amazingly vigorous, that it just grows back if you prune out the mildewed leaves. The flowers are magnificent, large, bautifully shaped, powerfully fragrant of an indescribable dark pink, dark red color overlayed with purple tones. Mine is in partial shade, so I can't say if it burns in full sun. Like nearly all English roses, it does need lots of water.
Discussion id : 34-915
most recent 20 MAR 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 18 MAR 09 by domenico67
I just love this rose, and its extremely, heavenly fragrant blooms. I like very much also the fact that some yellow colour flashes the base of petals, creating a nice and unusual effect in contrast with the clear red changing into purple. A really unique and alqays recognizeable rose, which has got somewhat a touch of 'Mme Isaac Pereire'.
This plant has some well defined srawbacks, however. First of all, in my climate (northern Italy) the vast mayority of flowers will burn badly after few hours of full sun. I don't know any other variety which is so burning prone. There are only two solutions: planting it in a half-shadowed positions, expecially avoiding full sun in central day hours, or cutting all flowers as soon as theu open and placing them in a vase, unless it's a cloudy day (but sometimes it can burn even in cloudy days!).
The other drawback is the rather sparse and leggy growth, with very long and stiff canes which are scarily thorny (I've got nightmares when I've to prune it!). I wonder if anyone has ever tried to grow it as a climber, arching new growths when they are still flexible enough.
The foliage can sometimes show a little rust, even if it rarely grows into a big trouble.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 20 MAR 09 by Chance
Domenico, can you tell me the color of Othello for you. I have seen so many photos of many different shades of red or purple for this rose. Thank you!

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