Blue Roses

April 21, 2014

The Blue Rose is of the genus Rosa that represents the blue to violet pigmentation instead of the usual and more common red, white or yellow. An individual experiencing unrequited love could present a blue rose to his or her object of affection.

A blue rose does not exist in nature as a result of genetic limitations but researchers are constantly testing and trying to produce a true blue rose. Traditionally to produce blue roses, white roses were dyed blue. This was done by putting blue dye mark into the bark of the roots.

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Blue roses were often mentioned in history and literature but never seen. In 1840, horticultural societies of Belgium and Britain offered a prize to the first person who could produce a true blue rose.  Although a truly blue rose has yet to be found satisfactory to some die-hard rose breeders, gardeners can now find near blue roses that incorporate “blue” in the name.

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There are several blue rose types: Blue Girl, Blue Nile, Shocking Blue, Blue Moon, Blueberry Hill and Florigene-Suntory Rose.

Created by Germany’s foremost hybridizer, Blue Girl Rose is a unique hybrid tea that is a rare treat for the connoisseur. It is also called ‘Cologne Carnival’ or ‘Kohner Karneval’ and was the Rome Gold Medal winner in 1964.

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The Blue Nile Rose is a hybrid tea rose in a lavender-blue color. It has strong fragrance with large leaves that are a distinct olive color. The flowers may form in singles or in clusters and when in full bloom they are quite large.

The Shocking Blue Rose is a free blooming type with classic rose-shaped flowers in a mauve hue with dark green foliage.  It is deeply perfumed with a citrus fragrance. They bloom from mid-spring to mid-fall and the flowers are edible.

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The Blue Moon Rose is pink-blue in color and is the closest thing to a traditionally hybridized true blue rose. It is a fragrant tea rose with exotic buds with its bush reaching as high as 6 feet.

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The Blueberry Hill Rose features unique pale lilac semi-double blooms that has dark green foliage early in the season and then continuously until fall. The rose petals are delicate in full bloom and have a sweet apple fragrance. They bloom well all over summer.

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The Florigene-Suntory Rose named after the companies Florigene and Suntory who worked on genetic engineering a true blue rose for over 15 years. The petals of this type of blue rose flower are nearly 100 percent blue in pigment. The Florigene-Suntory Rose has been sold in Japan since November 2009 under the name “Applause”. It is not available elsewhere and at the moment the scientists behind it are still working on improving its colour.

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Blue roses have been mentioned in literature mostly because of the mystery of its origin and because it doesn’t exist in nature. The blue rose expresses an appreciation for the enigmatic, the unattainable or the impossible. A person receiving a blue rose is said to have been the subject of much thought and speculation. The blue rose stands for something that is hardly within one’s grasp and is admired as an unrealized dream.

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