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Dragon's Blood, bred by Paul Barden. To be introduced in 2007.

Dragon's BloodBreeding: [('Little Darling' X 'Yellow Magic') X "Grandmother's Hat"] X 'Brown Velvet'.

This cross was made as an experiment in 2003, and the seed was germinated in 2004. This plant was one of only 4 seedlings, and to date, the other 3 have not yet flowered. It seems that although the seed parent is fairly remontant, many of its offspring are once-bloomers. This plant flowers freely all season long.

'Dragon's Blood' was a very odd seedling when it first flowered, with its 10 petals in an odd hue of orange and a strange purple overlay. The truth is that it was almost discarded in the first year, except that its great vigor encouraged me to hang on to it. By the end of year two, it had filled out into a 5 X 5 foot shrub, well branched and constantly in flower. The bloom color improved dramatically, often taking on a deep mahogany hue not unlike that of 'Jocelyn' . It flowers in clusters of up to 20 bloms on the larger canes, each bloom about 3" in diameter. There is a slight fragrance.

Look for its introduction in 2007 by The Uncommon Rose.

ARS merit rating: NA
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 10 , zone 6 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 7 feet tall, depending on climate.
Fragrance: 2.5 little fragrance.

Bonica '82 News
Brown Velvet October Moon
Cardinal Hume Oshun
Crested Jewel Out of Yesteryear
Dragon's Blood Playtime
Dusky Maiden Precious Dream
Elegant Design Purple Buttons
Hettie Queen Elizabeth
Jocelyn Rainforest
Joyce Barden "Redgold"
Julia's Rose Red Trail
Lady Angela Schoener's Nutkana
Lavender Pinocchio Sharon's Delight
"Laver-Thomas" Star of the Nile
Lilac Charm Tantarra
Linda Campbell The Dahlia Rose
Louise Clements Un-named seedling from Abraham Darby
Lyda Rose Vesper
Mariposa Gem Victoriana
Midnight Blue Vineyard Song
Muriel Humenick Wedding Cake

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