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'Orient Silk ™' rose Description
'Ahimsa' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Robert Neil Rippetoe
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
Ahimsa
HMF Ratings:
32 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Medium yellow Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Ahimsa
Exhibition name: Ahimsa
Origin:
Bred by M.S. Viraraghavan (India, before 1996).
Introduced in Canada by Hortico Inc. in 1996 as 'Orient Silk'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Yellow.  Moderate fragrance.  26 to 40 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Thornless (or almost), upright.  Large, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.  
Height of 3' (90 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  
Breeder's notes:
“Ahimsa’ means ‘non-violence’ in Sanskrit, which is a basic tenet of Hinduism and Buddhism. It was the tenet very strictly adhered to by Mahatma Gandhi when he was waging a peaceful non-violent movement against the British Empire in India, ‘fighting’ for independence.
When we realized that this variety, a cross of Madame Charles Sauvage x (Pink Parfait x Royal Gold) had no prickles at all, we felt this would be a good name for this yellow hybrid tea rose ( especially as we had just finished a bout of rose pruning, and cutting the stems of ‘Ahimsa’ were, by comparison, such a pleasure!)
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