'Big Purple' rose Description
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Violet - mauve. Deep beetroot purple. Strong, fruity, old rose, sweet fragrance. 35 to 70 petals. Average diameter 5". Very large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Tall. Large, dark green foliage.
Height: 3' to 6' (90 to 185cm). Width: 2' (60cm).
USDA zone 6a and warmer. Can be used for cut flower. Heat tolerant. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant. Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .
Australia - Patent No: 1990/027 on 31 Jan 1991
Application No: 1990/027 on 15 Feb 1990 VIEW PBR PATENT
Synonym: Big Purple. Applicant: Paddy Stephens.
New Zealand - Patent No: 457 on 16 May 1989
United States - Patent No: PP 6,262 on 30 Aug 1988 VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 895289 on 11 Aug 1986
Rose plant named Stebigpu
Patrick N. Stephens, deceased, late of Te Awamutu, New Zealand
... a large, heavily petalled reddish purple hybrid tea rose... characterized particularly by large, heavily petalled reddish purple flowers borne on a vigorous, disease resistant plant and which are long lasting on the plant and as cut flowers... Parentage: unnamed, unpatented seedling x 'Purple Splendor'... Average bloom size when fully expanded -- about 5 inches... Number of petals under normal conditions -- about 60-70... Fragrance: Rich rose... Hips: None observed... Height: About 6 feet... Resistance to disease: Blackspot -- excellent. Mildew -- excellent. Rust -- excellent... Very winter hardy...
Big Purple was removed from the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens (ARBG) Display Trial because its trial period expired.