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'Shocking Blue ®' rose References
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 87.  
My Twelve Best Floribunda Roses symposium.
Mrs. Audrey McLean, Waikiki, Western Australia. Shocking Blue Dark mauve in colour, very fragrant, is a tall cut flower variety, with long stems, but still has quite a lot of clusters as well as single stems, the flowers are more H.T. in shape.

p103. Shocking Blue (5 bushes). Highly perfumed dark mauve. Moderately vigorous bush producing HT shaped flowers, with a place in the garden for perfume alone.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 166.  Includes photo(s).
A bushy Floribunda. Kordes (Germany) 1974. (Seedling x 'Silver Star'). Flowers throughout summer. Height: 75 cm (2 1/2 ft.) Good scent.
Book  (1992)  Page(s) 78.  Includes photo(s).
Shocking Blue (Korblue). Raised by Kordes, Germany. Parentage: Unnamed seedling x 'Silver Star'. Introduced 1974. Height medium 1 to 1.2 metres. This heavily scented Kordes rose has superb hybrid tea-shaped blooms in the richest colour tones of deepest reddish mauve - a colour which gently pales with age to a gentle lilac-mauve. The fragrance is rich and heady and goes well with the sumptuous floral colouring. The flowers are carried over a long summer period on both single and cluster-flowered stems and they make excellent cut flower material. The growth habit is upright, neat and bushy and the plant is clothed in glossy deep green, disease-resistant foliage. 'Shocking Blue' makes a fine bedding subject but is also good when used among the flowers or when planted close to seating places and other high-use pedestrian traffic areas, so that the fragrant aspect can be utilised to best effect.
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 108.  
Col Watson. Bundaberg, Queensland.
Shocking Blue Deep mauve, highly disease resistant, our most fragrant rose. Good as a cut flower and in vases.
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 102.  
Don Sheppard. Review of Newer Roses for 1987-88 Season.
Shocking Blue KORblue. Kordes 1980. Magenta mauve; 7 reports; 7 bushes; 1-3 years; 1m. 7.4 rating. This rose blooms early and produces flowers freely throughout the season. Bay of Plenty says it is best in autumn; the foliage is a lovely dark brown but, unfortunately, it is susceptible to downy mildew. Blooms,which are of classic HT form, are fragrant and either come singly or in small clusters. Other reporters, all from the North Island, say the bush is healthy. Worthwhile.
(1983)  Page(s) 9.  
Shocking Blue HT type flori. (Kordes). Medium sized double blooms which are magenta crimson in the bud, opening to magenta mauve. Plants are bushy and quickly regenerative, with deep green shining foliage very disease resistant. Richly perfumed, and good for garden or cut flower.
Book  (1979)  Page(s) 30.  
Roy and Heather Rumsey. New Roses.
Shocking Blue (Kordes). Hybrid tea type floribunda. The buds are long and pointed, with well-formed blooms in a shade of magenta-crimson when open. Plant is bushy, quick to repeat flower, and has beautiful dark green glossy foliage, shining, and resistant to disease to a very large extent. One of the most richly perfumed roses which we have ever grown. As a cut flower plant the yields are exceptionally high, and it has good cold storage qualities.
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