'Samourai' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Jean Marion
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Medium red Grandiflora.Registration name:
SamouraiExhibition name: Scarlet Knight
Red. Mild fragrance. 25 to 30 petals. Average diameter 5". Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, upright. Large, leathery foliage.
Height of up to 32" (up to 80 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Can be used for cut flower or garden. Produces decorative hips. 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. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .
According to Peter Harris, when 'Scarlet Knight' is used in a rosebreeding program it will produce nearly 100% reds and red bicolors if selfed, which means it's a dominant red/bicolor.