Wise Portia
Wise Portia
Wise Portia

Wise Portia

Out Of Stock
  • Fragrance
  • Pots

We are no longer growing this rose. We maintain this listing for our customer's reference purposes.

You can find a similar rose in our David Austin Roses collection.

A much overlooked and truly wonderful English rose. Superbly beautiful double blooms open to show lovely shades of purple and mauve with golden centers. At their best they are hard to beat. A heavy blooming variety that will be a standout in your garden. Rich fragrance. There are very few roses in this color shade. Should be included in your garden. Continuous blooming.

More Information

Rose Type David Austin
Bloom Types Double
Breeder Code AUSport
Characteristic(s) Fragrance, Pots
Color Purple
Specific Color Purple and mauve
Fragrance Very 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 1982
Approximate Size 3' - 4' x 3'

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Ellen T.
The best rose I grow

I too was charmed by the name of this rose, then surprised by its beauty. I chose it for fragrance and disease resistance--I wasn't looking for a fuschia pink rose--but I found the color beautifully complements the orange Westerland rose that grows near it as well as some salmon-colored alstromeria and blue-purple geraniums. The fragrance is very strong and the rose holds up well in a vase. I've also found this rose pretty disease resistant. I grow it in a zone 10 garden on California's Central coast. It blooms in flushes and at times is bursting with flowers; the only drawback of this bush is that I need wire stem supports for the branches once the clusters start to unfold--but that's an easy fix! I would gladly order another.

Great color

I bought this years ago from Heirloom, mostly because of the name (I like the Shakespeare character theme). I was greatly surprised how vibrant the color was in my zone 7b garden. It is more of a fuschia color, a little more purple than the photos suggest, and a real standout in my rose bed of soft apricots and pinks. Very healthy and minimal spraying for blackspot so far (4 years). I highly recommend this variety!

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