bred by Kim Rupert, 1993. USA
'Cardinal Hume' X self.
I have grown this rose for about 15 months now, and it has become a
real favorite. It's parent, Cardinal Hume' is a great rose also, but
it gets so large and can be a bit imposing. 'Purple Buttons' is classed
as a Miniature in some writings, but I find it to be a bit large to
think of as a true Miniature. Mine is already 2 feet tall, and seems
to want to get bigger!
are fully double, the same port-wine hue as its parent, but about 2"
across, with a folded button eye at the center. There is an odd fragrance
that to me, is a lot like the purple Trilliums in spring....a sort of
musky smell, and almost like Cinammon as well. It's hard to describe,
and for me, it's not entirely a pleasant scent! This was bred by my
friend Kim Rupert of California. Thanks Kim, for creating such a cool
Sequoia Nursery and The
Uncommon Rose are the only suppliers of 'Purple Buttons' that I
am aware of.
merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones
5 to 9, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 2 to 2.5 feet tall, depending on climate.
2.5, odd pungent fragrance, like trilliums.
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