The Types of Purple Roses

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The Types of Purple Roses
Purple roses come in various shades, including pale lavender. (two purple roses image by Stephen Orsillo from

Roses are the classic flowers of romance and elegance, and purple roses can make a remarkable statement in a bouquet or garden. This colour is available in all types of rose plant cultivars (cultivated varieties), including hybrid tea, floribunda and climbing. Fragrance, shape and purple shade all vary among types, and sometimes even depending on the nutrients available to the rose from the soil and fertiliser. Purple roses may also be grandiflora, miniature or hedge roses.

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Shades of Purple

Purple roses, regardless of type, divide into three main categories by shade: lavender, mauve and purple. Lavender roses are the palest shade, with more blue than red defining the purple colour, although they can sometimes appear pinkish in photos. Mauve has more red than blue in the purple, sometimes resembling a burgundy colour, but still truly purple. Finally, true purple roses are a perfect combination of red and blue, creating an eye-catching, deep purple colour.

Purple Hybrid Tea Roses

Rose enthusiasts developed hybrid tea varieties by crossbreeding two kinds of roses. These roses grow tall on straight stems, usually with a single blossom per stem. They are ideal as cut flowers or specimen plants. Varieties of purple tea roses include Silver Star, Blue Moon, Blue Nile, Blue River, Stainless Steel and Neptune.

The typical form of a hybrid tea rose.
The typical form of a hybrid tea rose. (beautiful scarlet rose bud close up image by Andrei Kazarov from

Purple Floribunda and Grandiflora Roses

Floribunda roses tend to be shrubby, with a profusion of blossoms on every stem, sometimes tending to grow in clusters. They are a modern rose developed by crossbreeding two other rose types. Purple floribunda varieties include Cotillion, Burgundy Iceberg and Enchanted Evening.

Grandifloras are rose bushes similar in form to floribundas, but tend to be larger, with their flowers taking more of a hybrid-tea-rose shape. Melody Parfumee and Sweetness are both grandiflora cultivars.

The Types of Purple Roses
Pink floribunda blossoms in profusion. (Pink Roses image by Vickie Cole from

Purple Climbing Roses

Any variety of rose, including floribunda and hybrid tea, can develop a climbing form. The canes of climbing roses are longer and more flexible than those of bush forms and can reach heights of 8 feet or more, although shorter ones are also available. Night Owl is a purple climbing rose.

Some purple roses get as dark as this tropical flower.
Some purple roses get as dark as this tropical flower. (Purple Tropical Flower image by Dave from

Purple Miniature Roses

Measuring 6 to 36 inches in height, miniature roses are often sold as houseplants, although they descend from outdoor shrubs. Most modern miniature roses are repeat bloomers, rather than the single bloomers they once were. Demitasse, Sweet Chariot and Blue Peter are three varieties of modern miniature roses.

The Types of Purple Roses
Their elfin size differentiates miniature rose blossoms from those of the larger forms. (red mini roses image by Julia Britvich from

Shrub and Purple Hedge Roses

A shrub rose is simply a type of rose that takes on a shrub form, while hedge roses are roses--usually a shrub rose type--used to form a hedge or border. Lavender Dream, Lavender Lassie, Blue Boy and Outta the Blue are purple shrub roses, and Fragrant Lavender Simplicity® is a purple hedge rose.

The Types of Purple Roses
Shrub roses come in many shapes and colours, including purple. (roses rose, rose.. image by Christophe Hamerlik from

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