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'Umbra' rose Description
'Umbra' rose photo
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Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Gallica.
Registration name: ARDluna
Exhibition name: Umbra
Bred by Paul Barden (United States, 2000).
Introduced in United States by Rogue Valley Roses in 2008 as 'Umbra'.
Gallica / Provins.  
Purple.  Deep smoky violet with strong purple-magenta inner petals. Fades to slatey-mauve and purples. One of the.  Strong, centifolia, old rose fragrance.  65 to 100 petals.  Average diameter 4".  Medium-large, very full (41+ petals), cluster-flowered, quartered bloom form.  Moderate, once-blooming spring or summer.  Medium, fragrant, rounded buds.  
Tall, upright.  Medium, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.  
Height of 4' to 7' (120 to 215 cm).  Width of 3' to 6' (90 to 185 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 8b.  Can be used for beds and borders, garden, landscape, pillar, shrub or specimen.  Very hardy.  can be trained as a climber.  does not do well in warmer climates.  plant in partial shade for best color.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, very blackspot resistant., very mildew resistant, very rust resistant.  Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.  Prune after flowering is finished.  Prune lightly or not at all.  Remove unproductive wood every third year or so.  This rose blooms on old wood.  
Breeder's notes:
This has been growing in my test garden now for about 7 years, its exact date of breeding is uncertain. (I didn't keep the best notes in those days) It prospers in a part of the garden that no longer receives any spraying, maintenance or supplemental watering. In rich soil and with good care this will make a spectacular specimen. Bear in mind that it is a Spring blooming variety only; no repeat later in the season. In the 7 years I have been growing it, it has had no diseases of any kind.
This rose will appear in the Rogue Valley Roses catalog in Spring 2008 as a limited edition collectors item variety.
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