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Indigo, Bred by Laffay, France pre-1845.

Indigo has been described as being either bluish-violet, deep violet, dark purple, or even dark grenadine in hue. In truth, it can present all of these tints. With its rich coloring 'Indigo' is absolutely unique in the Damask Perpetual class, and we are lucky to have such a richly colored rose making its way back into commerce. Blooms are often more double than they appear here, and have a rich dark scent that goes well with the coloring.

Like the rest of the Damask Perpetuals, 'Indigo' is considered to be fully remonant, producing bloom in flushes throughout the season. It is not uncharacteristic to see four or perhaps five bloom cycles in a year.

This is a very nice rose that offers the best features of its class; compact growth habit, repeat bloom, along with rich coloring and fragrance. What more could you want?!

ARS merit rating: N.A.
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 to 8, possibly zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 3 to 4 feet tall X 3 feet wide.
Fragrance: 3.5 Fairly intense Damask fragrance.

Blanc de Vibert Marbrée seedling #5
Botzaris Marbrée X The Prince, 2002
Comte de Chambord Mme Hardy (Felicité Hardy)
Crested Damask Marie Louise
Hebe's Lip Portland from Glendora
Indigo R. damascena bifera (Autumn Damask)
Jacques Cartier R. damascena semperflorens
La Ville de Bruxelles Rose de Rescht
Marbrée Rose de Rescht X Tradescant
Marbrée seedling #1 Rose du Roi
Marbrée seedling #2 Stanwell Perpetual
Marbrée seedling #4

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