'Vircloud' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Robert Neil Rippetoe
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Deep yellow Hybrid Gigantea.Registration name:
VircloudExhibition name: Amber Cloud ™
Deep yellow. None to mild fragrance. Average diameter 5". Large, single (4-8 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form. Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season. Pointed buds.
Tall, climbing, spreading. Large, glossy, medium green foliage.
Height of up to 20' (up to 610 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default). Can be used for garden or landscape. Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood.. Prune lightly until this rose gets established (about two years), then prune it back by about a third..
The name suggested itself one morning when we saw this rose plant which had grown tall and wide like an umbrella, covered with myriads of amber butterfly like flowers. Earlier we had code-named it ‘Golden Gigantea’. Robert Rippetoe , a good friend and fellow hybridizer with whom we share mad dreams of unlikely species crosses, wrote ‘that the blooms look wonderfully exotic and tropical, and hold themselves with poise’—that they do indeed, looking as if a hundred butterflies have alighted all at once. With a Tea fragrance, this is a continuous blooming climber. The foliage is incredibly beautiful, though we say it ourselves, with large long and pointed grey green leaves.