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'Legends™' rose Description
'Legends™' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Jean Marion
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
25 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Medium red Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Weksiamia
Exhibition name: Legends™
Origin:
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, 2006).
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2009 as 'Legends'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Red.  Flowers bright cherry red.  None to mild fragrance.  Average diameter 6.5".  Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Medium, upright.  Large, matte, dark green foliage.  
Height of 43" to 4¼' (110 to 130 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Heat tolerant.  Protect tender new spring growth from hard freezes that may cause canker, die-back and death of the plant. .  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood..  
Breeder's notes:
MONSTROUS buds & HUMONGOUS blossoms of rich ruby red hold their durable brilliance from beginning to end. IMMENSE petals (just one can cover a child’s palm) lend a classical Hybrid Tea bud shape, slowly spiraling open to a ruffled WHOPPER of a show-stopper. LARGE lettuce-like leaves of an unusual reddened green color gracefully enrobe the long cutting stems – in perfect proportion to the flower. Who needs a bouquet??? It only takes one PRODIGIOUS posy to fill a vase.

Oprah Winfrey was involved in the multi-year evaluation and final selection of the 'Legends' rose. Chosen to pay tribute to the wonderful women honored during Oprah's Legends Weekend.
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