Reine des Violettes
Rose Type - Hybrid Perpetual
History - (Called Queen of Violettes) Inroduced by Millet-Malet in 1860
Mature size - 6' x 6'
Bloom measurement - 3+"
Blooming - Repeats
Pruning - Prune after spring flowering
Scent scale - 8
Extremely popular in the latter half of the 19th century, Hybrid Perpetuals are recognized by their large, flat faced blooms, strong upright stems and rare shades of deep rose and purple. Famous rosarian Peter Beales considered Reine to be the very best of the H.P.'s
Large globular buds open and recurve to form full quartered blooms with a sweet, yeasty scent similar to souvenir de la malmaison (bourbon rose). The cerise or violet-red blooms age nicely to a velvety violet color. The dark purple flowers are framed by large greyish-green leaves. Pairing it with the golden tones of yellow or orange flowers brightens the violette/grey combination for a pretty and sophisticated note in the garden.
Hybrid Perpetuals are especially good for difficult climates like Central Texas as we sometimes have too hot summers and too cold winters. Throw in the fact that Reine is practically thornless and you have a real winner for our local area. Other purplish roses to consider are:
William Lobb; Lavender lassie; Cardinal de Richelieu; Lavendar Pink Parfait; Veilchenblau and Empereur du Maroc.