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Twilight Zone

December 2019 Rose Submitted by John Durham


Welcome to the “twilight zone” of roses!  Described by various rose websites as “mysterious” and “it’s Ebb Tide in a different dimension” with “tempting mysterious color tones”, it clearly is a beautifully colored purple addition to any rose lover’s garden. 

Aside from this description, the Twilight Zone Grandiflora Rose features showy clusters of fragrant mauve to big fat deep purple double old-fashioned flowers at the ends of the branches.  It has dark green semi-glossy foliage throughout the season from early season (spring) to mid fall.  It also a good pollinator. 

The flower blossoms have a strong scent of cloves and lemony citrus.  The purple color varies with the temperature, deepening in more moderate temperatures.  It is best grown in full sun conditions, in rich, fertile, well-drained soils.  It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approx. 30 years.  It is best pruned in late fall to winter.  It usually has approx. 35 – 40 (or more) petals per flower. 

So, if you want to add a little “mystery” and “purple haze” to your garden, the Grandiflora Twilight Zone Rose is the one to add to your collection. 

Class:  Grandiflora

Bloom Type:  Clustered Double

Characteristics:  Upright Spreading

Color:  Mauve to Dark Purple

Fragrance:  Very Fragrant

Hardiness Zones:  5 – 9

Rebloom:  Repeat Blooming

Approx. Size:  4-5’ high x 3’ wide

Exposure:  Full Sun

Planting Season:  Spring

Fertilizer Type:  5-5-7

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