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'Blue Nile ®' rose Description
'Nil Bleu ®' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Henrique Rodrigues Vivián
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
45 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: DELnible
Exhibition name: Blue Nile ®
Origin:
Bred by G. Delbard (France, before 1975).
Introduced in United States by Armstrong Nursery in 1981 as 'Blue Nile'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Mauve or purple blend.  Strong, citrus, fruity, tea fragrance.  Average diameter 5".  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, classic hybrid tea, exhibition, high-centered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Ovoid buds.  
Habit:
Tall, spreading, upright.  Large, dark green foliage.  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for cut flower, exhibition or garden.  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.  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 4,671   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Notes:
Weeks Roses 1999-2000 Catalog says parentage is [('Holstein' x 'Bayadere') x 'Prelude'] x 'St. Exupery'.