The photo has not captured the very dark, velvety red of the Duke. This is a sumptuous Hybrid Perpetual that is very worth growing, not as lanky and hard to manage as some of its class. We know that some feel this rose is synonimous with Captain Hayward, a later Hybrid Perpetual by Paul, 1894. We have not grown the Captain so have no opinion on this matter. We do, however, grow another rose, Dupuy Jamain, which some claim is the same rose as The Duke of Edinburgh and the same as Captain Hayward. We can say with certainty that these two roses, as grown here at RVR, are not the same rose at all. Dupuy Jamain, as it came to us, is an entirely different shade of red with a silvery pinky-red reverse. The Duke is a saturated velvety dark red through and through. :However, the description of Captain Hayward, in at least once reliable source, does indicate that the Captain may indeed be the same as the rose we identify as Dupuy Jamain.
Introduced in 1868.