'MEIelec' rose References
Book (2003) Page(s) Table 19.
Gold Medal Awards at the International Rose Trials of Madrid....
1966 'Samourai', Groundcover, Meilland
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 537.
Grandiflora, medium red, 1966, (MEIelec; 'Samourai'); ('Happiness' x 'Independence') x 'Sutter's Gold'; Meilland, M.L.; URS, 1966; C-P, 1967. Bud ovoid; flowers crimson-scarlet, double, cupped, large (4-5 in.); slightly fragrant; foliage leathery; vigorous, upright, bushy growth.
p125. Roy and Heather Rumsey, NSW. New Roses.
Samourai (Meilland) An excellent flower of 38 petals and four inches across. The attractive dark red flowers are "showy" and they open to a lighter tone - a display rose and is very healthy in every way. This is the variety which has this year won an A.A.R.S. award as 'Scarlet Knight' as a "Grandiflora" although the raiser lists it with their Hybrid Teas. It did not cluster in the first year.
p182 Roy H. Rumsey Pty. Ltd., NSW. (advertisement)
Classify it how you will, if you want a good red rose for display in your garden, then you will certainly want Samourai.
Book (1967) Page(s) 180.
W. G. Treloar, Victoria. New Roses for 1967 (advertisement)
Book (1967) Page(s) 118. Includes photo(s).
Samourai (H.T., Meilland 1966) - This rose can be classed among Floribundas. She distinguishes herself by an enormous readiness to bloom. Three to four blooms on the same stem, each with twentyfive petals and a diameter of up to twelve centimeters. The upright habit attains a height of eighty centimeters. Samourai received a Gold Medal at the international competition of Madrid in 1966 and a Silver medal in Courtrai and Portland.