Reine des Violettes (OGR)

Aptly named “Queen of the Violets,” this rose is one of the most purple roses to be found. Flowers open to a mauve color that quickly deepens to a purple-pink and have a strong, but not overpowering, fragrance. After the first spring bloom, rebloom is good, although the number of flowers decreases. Even a single bloom makes this rose worth having for it is quite unique and truly beautiful. This thornless rose grows like the Bourbons but bears Gallica-like flat blooms of a muted cerise lilac. Reine des Violettes makes a chunky bush about five feet square with glossy leaves which require hard pruning in early spring to keep it compact.

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Rose Stats

  • Class NameHybrid Perpetual
  • IntroductionMille-Mallet
  • Size4 - 8 feet
  • Zone4- 9
  • ColorRed Violet
  • Scentyes
  • Bloom Size4"
  • BreederMille-Mallet
  • Repeat BloomYes
  • Year Introduced1860


Bred by Mille-Mallet (France, 1860).
Hybrid Perpetual.
Violet, lighter center.  Strong fragrance.  50 to 75 petals.  Average diameter 4.25″.  Very large, very full (41+ petals), cupped, quartered, reflexed bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.

USDA zone 4b through 9b.  Shade tolerant.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Feed this rose well.  Requires good cultivation if it is to perform its best.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs

Gallon, Quart