'Sir George Watt ™' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Robert Neil Rippetoe
Light yellow Hybrid Gigantea.Registration name: VirwattExhibition name:
Sir George Watt ™
Light yellow. None to mild fragrance. Average diameter 4.5". Medium-large, double (17-25 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Tall, climbing. Large, glossy, medium green foliage.
Height of up to 20' (up to 610 cm).
Can be used for cut flower or pillar.
Profuse winter/spring bloom, thereafter intermittent
I have named this climber to honor the discoverer of R.gigantea in the wild in India’s north east state of Manipur in the 1880’s. Sir George Watt (1851-1930) was a medical doctor with a strong interest in botany and came out to India, originally to teach botany at a university, but also practicing medicine and making many field trips to collect plant specimens. When he was attached as a surgeon to a commission drawing the boundary line between Manipur State in India, and Burma, he botanised in his spare time, and this is when he collected R. gigantea, which he called R.macrocarpa. This is the Indian version of R.gigantea, and as we collected plant material at very nearly the location that he did, we thought it appropriate to name a gigantea hybrid in his memory.
A large vigorous repeat flowering climber, the blooms of this rose are a pure white with a deep yellow throat and they have a Tea fragrance.