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Wild Blue Yonder

Wild Blue Yonder
Rose of the Month For May, 2011
by Lydia Treadway, Master Rosarian

This is a wild new rose! The first lavender-mauve blend rose to be awarded the AARS award since 1978. This large grandiflora has flowers that are ruffeld and wavy— almost like camilla flowers and up to 41/2 inches in size. The petals are a deep reddish color and get a lighter lavender in the center of the rose. Each bloom gives a sent of sweet citrus and rose. It is a vigorous up-right plant with deep green leaves, and excellent disease resistance. ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ has an extraordinary blend of colors with a center eye of lavender staring at you and says, ‘You must buy me!’ This is my third year of growing this lovely plant . When I got the first bloom I was pleasantly surprised because it did not look like any rose I have in the garden. It was in its own category.

Breeder: Tom Carruth, USA, 2004
Class: Grandiflora
Color: Mauve
Fragrance: Sweet citrus and rose
Parentage: (‘InternationalHerald Tribune’ x ‘R. soulieana derivative’) x
                  (‘Sweet Chariot’ x ‘Blue Nile’)) x (‘Blueberry Hill’ x ‘Stephen’s Big Purple’)
ARS Rating: 7.8

Photo of 'Wild Blue Yonder' by Lydia Treadway.

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