Blue Rose Bushes: Fact or Fiction?

The concept of a blue rose has long captivated the human imagination, symbolizing the unattainable and the mysterious. Many websites claim to offer uncommon colors such as green roses, black roses, and rainbow roses, which makes it difficult to know which varieties are fact or fiction. However, when it comes to the realm of botany, the elusive blue rose remains a beautiful myth. In nature, there is no such thing as a truly blue rose bush.

Roses, like most flowering plants, contain pigments that determine their color. The primary pigments responsible for the wide range of rose colors are anthocyanins, which produce red, purple, and magenta hues, and carotenoids, responsible for yellow and orange colors. However, there is no natural pigment in roses that produces a true blue color.

An authentic substitute for a blue rose bush would be "Blue Girl" (pictured below). The lavender-blue tones would make a lovely addition to gardens everywhere for those craving cooler-blue tones.

While the lack of options in this color might disappoint avid gardeners dreaming of azure blooms, fear not – there are plenty of other breathtakingly colorful roses that are very much real.

Below are some of our most uniquely colored (and real!) rose varieties that would make a distinctive yet stunning addition to any garden.

A great, authentic substitute for a blue rose bush could be Blue Girl. It’s no surprise that all the reviews for Blue Girl fawn over her lavender-blue color and intense, lilac-rose fragrance. She is as close to blue as roses come!

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Rose Type Hybrid Tea
SKU HT119 GALLON
Alternate Name(s) Kölner Karneval, Cologne Carnival
Bloom Types Full
Breeder Code KORgi
Characteristic(s) Cutting, Pots
Color Purple
Specific Color Lavender Blue
Fragrance Moderately Fragrant
Hardiness Zone 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Year 1964
Approximate Size 4-5' X 3'

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Green Romantica is a Hybrid Tea bred by florists for her beautiful, green hues. This lightly fragrant stunner stands out in a class all of her own with her gentle green coloring.

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Rose Type Hybrid Tea
SKU HT567 GALLON
Bloom Types Double
Characteristic(s) Cutting, Pots
Color Blend/Multi-Color
Specific Color White with a light green shading
Fragrance Lightly Fragrant
Hardiness Zone 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Rebloom Repeat Blooming
Year 2008
Approximate Size 4' - 5' x 3' - 4'

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Another fun variety to add to the garden is Oranges N' Lemons. Her flowers are striped, speckled, and streaked with peachy cream coloring that fades gently as she ages.

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Rose Type Shrub
SKU SH125 GALLON
Bloom Types Clustered, Full
Breeder Code MACoranlem
Characteristic(s) Pots
Color Blend/Multi-Color
Specific Color Orange striped with yellow.
Fragrance Moderately Fragrant
Hardiness Zone 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Year 1993
Approximate Size 6' - 8' x 4'

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