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"black" roses?

Hi everyone!

I've been lurking for some time, but this is my first post, so please forgive any unwitting breach of etiquette I may commit.

I've been looking to expand my rose garden this year, (and have already ordered a DA William Shakespeare rosebush, about which I am so totally excited, but that's beside the point).

I kind of want to take a risk on one of the "black" roses, er, basically because they look so very cool. I am given to understand that they're not super-hardy cultivars, though? I *did* manage to keep an Angel Face and a Double Delight alive last year, and they're total blackspot magnets, especially here in Massachusetts, so I *am* at least a patient person. :P

I guess the two cultivars I'm really looking at are Black Magic and Black Baccara, and I'd like to know the relative merits (if any) of either when grown in the Northeast, or any other roses in this color family that you would recommend instead. I live in the suburbs of Boston, which places me at a zone 6 or a 7a, depending on the effects of global warming in a given year.

Any help you could provide (or any pics you could provide) would be amazing!

Thank you so much!!

Comments (37)

  • roseseek
    8 years ago

    Black Baccara is the blacker of the two. It is also a florist rose on a terrible garden plant. It is highly addicted to mildew, rust and black spot. Grown in a green house where all conditions are appropriately controlled and sprayed against all fungal attacks, it CAN produce nearly black, velvet flowers. In the average garden, it seldom does. If you want a troublesome garden plant which can, very occasionally remind you why you spent money for it, go for it. Otherwise, I recommend you try anything else black.

    If you can find the older Taboo, it can give you nearly black buds in cool weather on a much stronger, healthier plant. The old Kardinal (1933, Krause HT) is even blacker than Taboo in cool weather. The older one is even moderately fragrant.

    There have been a number of "black" roses including Ink Spots, Black Garnet, Nigrette and others. Most will appear the blackest in cool weather and most require protection against mildew. Kim

  • lola-lemon
    8 years ago

    It's not a black rose- but my darkest red is Oklahoma. She's in afternoon shade here. She is intensely fragrant. Her blooms ,about a third of the time, will be chalice shaped (see photo), or even nod~ which i like, but others might find fault. Other times they are enormous showgirl perfection. If you are humid there- you might see more chalice shapes. You can find her wherever you got your double delight probably. (her sibling rose, is Papa Meilland, you might consider. I think they stay darker than Mr. Lincoln., their "brother".

    Ebb Tide is the darkest rose I've seen, but never grown. It looked like a halloween display when I saw it burning in the sun- it was such a dark ashen purple and some spent blooms were violetty gray.

    One thing about the black roses (besides being a challenge health wise, as Kim has explained) is that some tend to have their perfect red velvet color only under good conditions and many of them fade to scarlet, or to violet, or crisp on the edges in high sun situations. So, they may look their best with some afternoon shade if you are in a hot zone.

    Enjoy your WM Shakespeare. I have him too. He's lovely- but more of a scarlet color.

    'OKLAHOMA' rose bloom

    This post was edited by lola-lemon on Fri, Mar 22, 13 at 12:25

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    I am growing Black Magic. Mine grows in mostly shade, struggles to find the sun. Can't find any close ups of her flowers, but here she is last year:

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    If I could give her more sun I think she would be awesome. I do appreciate what she gives me given my less than sunny garden. Her flowers are big and full, and compared to a Julia Child that is in the sun only four feet away, the leaves are as clean as can be. Can't say that for Julia, who is a mess of spots.

    Ignore the palm and Gardenia in the background. They are resting in the shade, trying not to die.

  • mshermer
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    I'm on my 3rd Black Baccara rose. I've killed two so far. Wouldn't take off in my garden no matter what I did. I'm stubborn, so I'm giving it one more shot. My black magic is very healthy and has done well, but to me it is more of a deep red color.

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  • Julietlovespurple
    Original Author
    8 years ago

    THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!!

  • hoovb zone 9 sunset 23
    8 years ago

    Just took a photo yesterday. Mine's okay, not great, not horrible. It may not always succeed in blooming but it tries.
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  • Julietlovespurple
    Original Author
    8 years ago

    OK, so I've put in an order for an Ebb Tide because I was looking at that anyway, and can't resist anything purple. :P Thank you so much for the push!! I saw one on sale online for $10.00, so that sounds pretty decent.

    I'm still trying to figure out the best method for procuring a Black Magic or a Black Garnet or a Taboo (though that one picture of the Black Baccara is incredible, I have enough fussy roses already). Unfortunately my only options appear to be from Growquest and the consensus is that they are not the best ever, right? Does anybody have any advice for me? Sorry to keep being a pain, and THANK YOU for the sensational pictures!

    This post was edited by Julietlovespurple on Thu, Mar 21, 13 at 13:28

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  • nanadollZ7 SWIdaho
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    Juliet, have you thought about Ebb Tide's offspring, Twilight Zone, or the Austin rose, The Prince, which is a blackish red? Another one I like is Ascot, more of a wine red. Here is Twilight Zone. Diane

  • nanadollZ7 SWIdaho
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    Here is The Prince. Diane

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    And, finally, here is Ascot. Diane

  • anyinfo30
    8 years ago

    What is my saying about Black Rose. It,s nice . Three years ago i beginning my garden. There are many kind of roses in my garden. But black Roses is most nice those Roses. Black Roses is pretty for me. when sun isolated in a roses it see very excellent.

  • kentucky_rose zone 6
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    K&M may have Black Magic and Black Baccara on fort. rootstock..

  • hoovb zone 9 sunset 23
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    No, no no on growquest. Better to just flush the money down the toilet.

    That Ascot looks excellent. Want!

    I'm not sure fortuniana rootstock is a good choice for MA.

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  • Julietlovespurple
    Original Author
    8 years ago

    OMG just drooling over those Austins, Diane! I have such a soft spot for his roses anyway! I have half a mind to just add a Prince to my order before William Shakespeare gets here.

    Thank you so much for the local recommendations, dollsandroses - if Growquest sucks that much I'd just as soon have a look at roses in person, and it REALLY helps to know that a local shop is better than the others.

  • merlcat
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    I saw Twilight Zone at a nursery last year in bloom, and it was beautiful. I had not really considered it before that, but it was hard not to choose her that day. I let my partner choose, and he went a different direction, but I was a little sad he didn't pick Twilight Zone.

    Nanadoll, your picture makes me hope they have it this year, too. Boy, I'd love to plant that next to a strong, buttery yellow. Yum!

    Maybe this year.

  • rosetom
    8 years ago

    Inkspot does fairly well in my garden as a "black" rose. I think it's eligible to be included on the list of others mentioned such as Black Baccarra.

    No offense to those who've mentioned them, but there's still a big difference between roses marketed as "black" versus dark reds such as Oklahoma, Taboo, Kardinal, etc. Heck, Mister Lincoln is as dark as my Oklahoma sometimes while still in bud. Nevertheless, Inkspot is several shades darker and stays that way in full sun. While in near bud, there's no comparison.

    My only complaint is that while the bush is very vigorous and healthy, it's very lean and tall. Inkspot flowers are borne exclusively in singles, on top of thick, 4-5 foot long canes. This can look a bit odd when the flower is only 3-4" dia. at most.

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  • Julietlovespurple
    Original Author
    8 years ago

    So I ended up canceling my order for the Ebb Tide a couple of months ago, because they kept sticking it on backorder, and I was leaving town for a few weeks in May and didn't want to miss it. The same day, I stopped by a local garden shop and happened upon a super-healthy-looking Twilight Zone.

    The thing has dwarfed all the other tea roses in my garden in the past month and a half, and has about two dozen buds on it, which appear to be a day or two away from blooming. The sepals have already fallen away from two or three of them, and the buds are the most amazing reddish plum. I cannot WAIT to see what this guy does over this season - and I have NEVER seen such a healthy monster of a purple rose!

    Thank you so much for all of your help!

    (oh yeah, and speaking of new cultivars, I impulse-bought Love Song last weekend, too - we'll see how it fares!)

  • quitaque1
    4 years ago

    Re Taboo:

    I have been told that Taboo is not available in the US under any name due to some type of patent issue, but Taboo under the name Barkarolle can be ordered from Palatine in Canada. I had good luck with a Taboo years ago before a careless lawn guy weed-ate it, so I'm going to try Barkarolle.


  • wirosarian_z4b_WI
    4 years ago

    Check out the floribunda 'Lavaglut'. Its not going to give you those big HT size blooms but has a very dark red bloom. Will get PM in my garden but fairly BS resistant for me.

  • Kit Virgadamo Jewell
    3 years ago

    Cindy, do you still grow Vintage Sterling Roses?

  • jc_7a_MiddleTN
    2 years ago

    Is there any way to get The Prince now that it's out of commerce?

  • Lilyfinch z9a Murrieta Ca
    2 years ago
    last modified: 2 years ago

    Long ago roses has it listed , if not her try Pam at angel gardens. I find with Pam it’s best to reach out to her and not rely on her list . She is listed on help me find as having it

  • jc_7a_MiddleTN
    2 years ago

    Thanks, lilyfinch!

    Long Ago has it on their lists by class I think, but not the available list.


    Never know if you don’t ask!

  • Aaron Rosarian Zone 5b
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    Greenmantle Nursery carries The Prince also.

  • erasmus_gw
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    Louis XIV can often be close to black. Blooms very well, very fragrant, pretty hardy in my zone 7 climate. Gets blackspot.







    My seedling, Jack Daniel. It's a seedling of Louis XIV with tiny blooms on a plant with good vigor. BS prone..




    Midnight Blue is usually pretty dark. It's a great bloomer and fragrant. Pretty strong plant but not very fast growing here. Well-branched.


    I used to grow Black Baccarra but I didn't love it.

    Here is it looking fairly red:




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