Route 66 was a spur of the moment purchase. I saw the magnificent blooms whilst wandering around a nursery and one was in my cart before I knew it.
The blooms of Route 66 are described a velvet black/purple. They are single (4-8 petals) and form in large clusters. The blooms form on strong stems which make them suitable for the vase. And they do last well and look smashing in a vase, particularly when matched with a delicate pink rose.
The fragrance of the blooms is described as clove but can’t detect it.
I must say, however, that I have been disappointed in Route 66. It is not that the blooms are not magnificent, it is just that they are not particularly prolific and the bush is not particularly robust or vigorous. It reportedly grows to one metre but mine is nowhere near that. The bush, though, is healthy, it doesn’t suffer overly from the normal rose issues.
All in all, I would only recommend this rose to someone who must have a single rose of this colour in their collection.
Route 66 was bred by Tom Carruth (US, 2001) and was released in Australia in 2006. Route 66 is classified as a Floribunda rose.