- Class: Hybrid Tea
- Growth Habit: Bushy, upright habit to 4 feet
- Color: Violet-red
- Disease Resistance: 55 (out of 60)
- Flowering: 28 (out of 30)
- Fragrance: 10 (out of 10)
- Total Rating: 93 (out of 100)
In honor of Valentine's Day... I am highlighting this rose:
More than twenty years ago, the hybridizers at the Kordes rose company decided that breeding healthy, no-spray roses should be their primary ambition, and that is still the goal with every rose they grow today. 'Dark Desire' is part of their Parfuma collection and it is a beautiful, sensuous rose -- everything you could want from a Hybrid Tea. From buds that are almost black, the cupped flowers emerge with a unique violet-red color before opening into a cupped bloom that displays a spectrum of color from red to violet to purple to even darker hues. The foliage is very resistant to fungal disease and is a bright glossy green. The fragrance of this rose can be described as sophisticated, with intertwining floral and fruity aspects. With its classic form, the deep rich color, and sensual fragrance, this rose is indeed desirable. Other roses in the Parfuma collection also belie the contention that modern roses have no fragrance; 'First Crush' and 'Summer Romance' are examples.
Introduced in 2014 by Kordes (KORdiagraf) also sold as 'Grafin Diana' in Europe.