Roger Goes Wild
This is the best dark red that has ever bloomed at Mercers' Garden. It is the fullest, most velvety, most ruffled and holds best in sun.. It has a yellow-green throat and intense ruffling.
It first bloomed at Mercers' Garden many years ago, and it has been thoroughly tested.
So I heartily recommend this as a very good red and a great parent with one flaw: Its color is very dark and dull on the first two or three blooms. Then the color lightens and brightens and the excellent color along with the great form makes every flower seem almost perfect.
No other dark red has its sophistication, presence and freedom of bloom.
Its special qualities include heavy, waxy substance and texture.
Ross Scott X Patricia Gentzel Wright
Flower diameter: 6.5 inches
Scape Height: 32 inches
Bud Count: 26
Plant habit: Dormant
Bloom time: Late-Midseason to very late.
Blooming habit: Recurrent
Fertility: Pods a little difficult, pollen is easy.
Flaws: First few blooms are a murky color.
Exceptional qualities: Robust growth. Tough flowers resist thrips and water spottiing. Sunfastness is good for such a dark color. Ruffling is excellent for a red. Wide, ballerina-like form. Great parent.
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