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'Neptune ™' rose Description
'Neptune ™ (hybrid tea, Carruth, 2003)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Beth's Northern CA Rose Garden
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Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: WEKhilpurnil
Exhibition name: Neptune ™
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, before 2001).
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2005 as 'Neptune'.
Introduced in United States by Bailey Nurseries in 2011 as 'Neptune'.
Hybrid Tea.  
Lavender, light purple blending, purple edges..  Flowers blended lavender, reverse blended lavender sometimes edged purple..  Strong, citrus, rose, sweet fragrance.  34 to 45 petals.  Average diameter 4.5".  Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, cupped, reflexed bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Tall, armed with thorns / prickles, upright.  Large, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.  3 to 5 leaflets.  

Height: 4' to 5' (120 to 150cm).  Width: 22" to 28" (55 to 70cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for cut flower, garden or specimen.  Blooms tend to ball in wet weather.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  
Breeder's notes:
Good flower form, intense fragrance.
Australia - Patent No: AU3678P  on  18 Dec 2008
Application No: 2007/080  on  9 Mar 2007   VIEW PBR PATENT
unnamed seedling (‘Blueberry Hill’ x ‘Stephen's Big Purple’) x ‘DElnible’. The seed parent is characterised by dark purple flower colour.
First sold in USA in Dec 2003. First Australian sale Jun 2006.
United States - Patent No: PP 16,614  on  6 Jun 2006   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 10/986,236  on  11 Nov 2004
Inventors: Carruth; Thomas F. (Altadena, CA)
It has as an undisseminated seedling of Applicant's creation as its seed parent with the following genetic origin (Blueberry Hill.times.Stephen's Big Purple) and as its pollen parent the variety known as `DELnible` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 4,671) .... description is of 3 to 4 year-old rose plants of the new variety grown outdoors in Upland, Calif. in the month of October.