David Austin believes his Falstaff Rose to be one of his best crimson purple roses. The flowers on these David Austin English roses are large, full petaled, cupped, and a beautiful rich dark crimson color. The flowers on the Falstaff rose eventually turn to a very different shade of rich purple. The old-fashioned flowers have cupped, rosette bloom form, with a mass of small petals held within broader guard petals. The blooms have a delightful old rose scent.
Hybridizer David Austin 1999 (United Kingdom)
Growth Habits A shrub rose bush that can grow 4-5’ tall by 3’ wide.
As a climber to 9’.
Blooms Crimson/Purple colored blooms, are large, cupped, full petaled flowers, with 50 & petals
Foliage dark leaves, fair amount of prickles
Fragrance Old Rose fragrance
Hardy zone zones 5-9b
Flowers come single, or in tight clusters of up to 5 on fairly long stems. Occasionally the individual pedicels within the cluster are weak, and flowers hang down. It is indeed a Very lovely rose bush!
It is a healthy rose bush with strong, upright stems that can be a substantial bushy shrub, or a small climber. When grown as a shrub rose, it would benefit from some Summer pruning. It is best when grown on a wall, or pillar. If you grow it as a climber, you can encourage the production of more flowering stems by fanning the stems out to the sides. (When branches are forced to grow horizontal, they produce many more flowering stems!) Warmer climates train this climber to grow to around 9 feet.
This rose was introduced into the UK by David Austin in 1999 David Austin Roses LimitedUK
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