'Frank Kingdon Ward ™' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Girija and Viru
Pink blend Large-Flowered Climber.Registration name: VirfrankExhibition name:
Frank Kingdon Ward ™
Light yellow, pink outer petals.. Moderate fragrance. Average diameter 4". Large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Tall, armed with thorns / prickles, climbing, upright. Large, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.
Height of 10' (305 cm).
Can be used for cut flower, landscape or pillar.
Apart from Sir George Watt and Sir Henry Collett, who discovered the species R.gigantea in the 1880’s in India and Burma respectively, Frank Kingdon-Ward, another intrepid plant explorer and botanist who traveled in Bhutan N.E. India, China and Myanmar (Burma) in the mid-20th century, also discovered this species in N.E. India (as also the beautiful Sirohi lily, named for his wife Lilium macklinii, and Meconopsis betanicifolia, the Himalayan blue poppy). Since we had honored the two knights with two of our gigantea hybrids , we thought it was only fitting that we name another hybrid for Kingdon-Ward.
This is also a vigorous climber with large flowers with beautiful form and creamy yellow stained pink flowers, very eye-catching when the blooms can be seen up a pergola or tree.