This article is from the Rose Gardening FAQ, by Bill Chandler firstname.lastname@example.org, Jolene Adams email@example.com, Brent C. Dickerson firstname.lastname@example.org, Karen Baldwin email@example.com, and many contributors
No true black roses exist. Some roses sold as black roses are actually dark
red or maroon. The petals of many of these dark red roses tend to sunburn
easily. To see that a rose is not truly black, hold it up next to a piece of
black construction paper. To make a dark red rose appear blacker, put its
stem in water that has black ink in it.
Below is an incomplete list of some roses that have been mentioned when
black roses are discussed. Next to some of the roses a very subjective
description of the color is given.
* Black Jade: dark red miniature
* Cardinal de Richelieu: dark purple Gallica
* Chateau de Clos-Vougeot: HT, deep red blossoms, blackish highlights,
* Francis Dubreuil: Tea rose
* Guinee: very, very dark red
* Mr. Lincoln: HT, dark red
* Nuits de Young purple Moss rose
* Oklahoma: HT, deep crimson
* Souvenir du Dr Jamain: Hybrid Perpetual, dark red/maroon
* Sympathie: deep red climber
* Taboo: Popular dark rose that has deep red flowers with darker edges.
It reportedly has nearly black buds.
* The Prince: English rose, very, very dark red/purple
* Tuscany Superb: Gallica, deep maroon velvet