Category: English Roses (English Rose Collection)Bred By: David AustinColour: Red/CrimsonFlower Type: Double/Full BloomSize: Medium Shrub (4 ft. x 3.5 ft.) (6-8 ft. as a climber)Hardiness: HardyFragrance: StrongRepeating: Excellent
Falstaff bears large crimson flowers with a shallow, cupped shape. They are of exquisite form and quality, packed with numerous petals which interfold at the centre. This helps to create a lovely, glowing effect within an enclosed saucer of outer petals.
The blooms are a rich, dark crimson colouring at first, eventually turning to a wonderful shade of rich purple. There is a powerful Old Rose fragrance.
The growth is strong, bushy and rather upright, with the flowers nodding nicely on the stem. The foliage is quite large and rather modern in character.
This variety is named for the well-loved Shakespearean character, who was the faithful companion of Prince Henry.