The Harry Wheatcroft rose is a most unusual colored hybrid tea!
The large sized flowers have scarlet and gold stripes, that are a beautiful contrast between the two colors.
The blooms are classic high centered Hybrid tea form, on a bush with glossy green foliage.
Picture above:by Frank Mosher
(Nova Scotia, Canada)
(See his comments below.)
Type Hybrid Tea
Hybridizer Wheatcroft (Britian) 1972
Blooms Red and yellow Blend (striped) blooms are up to 2" across.
Foliage Dark green and glossy
Growth Habits Typically grows 3 1/2 x 2 1/2' in a bushy growth habit
Fragrance mild fragrance
Hardy Zone 6-10
A pretty bush to grow, that is free flowering from summer through fall.
This most unusual colored rose is actually a sport of the rose "Piccadilly", which is one of the great classic hybrid tea roses.
From "Piccadilly" came Harry Wheatcroft, with flowers a bit different, but still the same red and gold color. The orange parts are shot through the streaks of the yellow, and when opened fully, intensified by thick stamens with golden anthers and red filaments.
Named for the man who developed it, a flamboyant nurseryman and lover of roses, it now blooms in his memory.( 1898-1977)
Harry traveled the world seeking new roses to introduce into the United Kingdom. He would often misquote Thomas Gray " Full many a flower is born to blush unseen- but not if I can help it!"
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Comments:from Frank Mosher;
While I have a lot of roses, one of my favorites is "Caribe" or as it was originally named, "Harry Wheatcroft", a sport of "Piccadilly". While still in commercial production, very difficult to find in eastern Canada. Starts out with nice height, but the yellow stripes against the fuchsia, just constantly amaze and dazzle me. Please enjoy.
Thanks Frank! What a beautiful rose (and stunning picture of it) Thanks for sharing it with us!