'Ahimsa' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Robert Neil Rippetoe
Medium yellow Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Ahimsa
Exhibition name: Ahimsa
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.
Thornless (or almost), upright. Large, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.
Height of 3' (90 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).
“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!)