'The Velvet Rose' Description
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Purple, golden-yellow stamens. Moderate fragrance. 35 to 70 petals. Average diameter 3". Large, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, flat bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Thornless (or almost), upright. Large, dark green foliage.
Height of 39" to 5' (100 to 150 cm). Width of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 8b. Can be used for garden. Produces decorative hips. Prune after flowering is finished. This rose blooms on old wood.
Brent Dickerson reports that Rivers's 1837 catalog lists 'Rivers's Superb Tuscan' which calls into question the formerly listed parentage by William Paul based on Peter Beales' Classic Roses. MRXI also lists Rivers.