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Sweet Chariot, Bred by Ralph Moore, California 1984.

'Sweet Chariot'
Bred from the Miniature, 'Little Chief', and the old rambler, 'Violette', its not hard to see where 'Sweet Chariot' got its rich coloring from! Sequoia Nursery has another shrub rose from the same cross, called 'Vineyard Song'. It is similar in character, but in a larger, shrub size.

This miniature has a somewhat pendant habit, which makes it ideal for patio pots and hanging baskets. I have often seen it grown in baskets to excellent effect. Placing 'Sweet Chariot' at an eye-level position is also a good idea because this rose has an excellent fragrance. It is a very sweet, Damask, or "Old Rose" scent.

Blooms of rich mauve and purple shades are produced in large clusters all summer long. It is a very graceful and beautiful rose! When people tell me they don't like the miniatures because they have no fragrance, I show them THIS rose!

'Sweet Chariot' is available from most Miniature rose specialty nurseries, including The Uncommon Rose

ARS merit rating: 8.0
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 10 to 18 inches tall, occasionally larger when placed in the ground.
Fragrance: 4.5 strong Old Rose fragrance.

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