The Dark Desire rose is a stunning new introduction of Grandiflora roses, that are sometimes classified as Tea roses.
They begin with buds that are almost black, and open to a beautiful violet red colored rose with a very strong scent.
The fragrance on these beautiful roses have floral notes, hints of citrus, and sweet fruit scent. Like the ones you might remember from the roses in your Grandmothers garden! In other words, (it is a powerful, old fashioned fragrance that will wow you!)
The flowers come in huge clusters, and keep coming all season long. The heaviest flowering is in the early part of the season, but it continues to produce them up until fall.
After you stop cutting or deadheading them in the fall they produce rose hips. (Deadheading is recommended to keep flowers coming)
Hybridizer W. Kordes & sons Germany 2003
Blooms Violet/Red Blooms are Double bloom form, about 3" across, and have around 60 petals. They are cupped, and double
Foliage Large size, Glossy
Growth Habits Arching, Upright, bushy rose grows 4-5' tall by 4'wide
Fragrance Very strong fragrance
Hardy zones zones 5-9
'Dark Desire' was bred in Germany in 2003, but not introduced into France until 2015 (they call it Madame de Montespan)
It was introduced into the United States in 2015 as Dark Desire.
The blooms are cupped, double, high centered and reflexed. They remind me of the beautiful English roses.
This is a very disease resistant and hardy rose bush;
This rose was bred to resist black spot and mildew. Therefore that glossy, dense foliage stays very healthy looking on the bush.
The bush is well branched, and grows around 4' tall and wide.
Clusters of flowers appear on 8" stems that allow you to either cut a single bloom, or snip the whole cluster for an instant bouquet.
The 'Dark Desire' rose makes a great show piece in the garden, and wonderful bouquets for the house.
Note: This one is on my wish list for this spring!