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Black Roses. Do They Exisit?

I am occassionally asked about black roses or where to buy one. They symbolize farewell or death, so they can be an effective way to deliver an ugly message! Actually there is no real breed for pure black roses in nature.

They are scientifically created in the laboratory by dying or shading, so what you are actually getting in the market are very dark colored red roses. The velvety feel and the dark color of these roses when exposed to dim light from the top appears as if they are black. In addition, some varieties that are normally brown may appear darker in certain lights as well. Some popular rose types sold under the name of black roses are:

Black Baccara Rose: These are very deep and dark red colored roses mainly grown for the cut flower market. To be honest, there isn't a whole lot to like about this rose. It's not particularly hardy, tempremental, no fragrance, and not worth the effort to grow as a garden specimen.

While it does look lovely in an arrangement, or in a bunch, I feel it's best left for the professionals to grow. To get a really dark red, the light has to be controlled, and that's just not feasible in a garden setting.

black magic rose Black Magic Roses: Black Magic is a deep red colored Hybrid Tea, that is close to black in the right light. Long stemmed and very fragrant, these are well suited to warmer climates, happiest in zones 6-9.

black beauty rose Black Beauty Rose: Black beauty is a hybrid tea rose. The young bud and the reverse of the rose appears black. The bloom of the rose is large and opens up as scarlet red in color. Mild fragrance. The shrub can reach the height of 4 feet and is hardy for USDA zones 5 to 9.

Black Ice Rose: Black Ice rose is a lovely looking deep red colored rose. The name Black Ice is derived from the parent Iceberg roses. Sadly, it takes after its parents, having little scent. You will frequently see us refer to a rose as having "mild fragrance". This really is little more than a polite way of saying it has none.

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