Group: Herbaceous Hybrid
Year Registered: 1990
Official registration can be found at: The American Peony Society
Hybrid, dark pink, double.
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) description: ‘Rozella’ (Reath, D.L., 1990) Herbaceous Hybrid, Late mid-season, 31″— A large, dark pink, rose-form, double with petal tips lightening to silvery pink and a few buried stamens interspersed between petal layers. Inner petals are occasionally hairline-edged deep raspberry. Flowers open just above and contrast nicely with crisp, dark green foliage and remain attractive throughout the bloom cycle, with centers building higher and silvering becoming more prominent. Side buds extend the season. Blooms are flat with petals well spaced, allowing for excellent drainage. Rozella’s freakishly strong stems (the strongest and most rigid of any of the other 800 cultivars grown by the author) are strong enough not to break in high winds and rain and rigid enough to remain standing upright in said circumstances. Thunderstorms that hit three out of four years while ‘Rozella’ was in bloom, left it standing virtually unfazed. Surveying growing fields after the horrific Easter freeze of 2007, an estimated 98% bud loss was noted, with ‘Rozella’ being one of the very few cultivars to bloom—and bloom well. Tolerates very wet growing conditions and grows in dry circumstances satisfactorily. Plants establish quickly and mature to approximately 36 stems per plant. As a proven winner on the national show bench and one of only two doubles selected for the ALM this year, ‘Rozella’ possesses both beauty and a truly exceptional combination of attributes well constituted for landscape use.
From Adelman:Dark pink, double, late, 31″ tall, hybrid. A large, rose-type double with strong stems and profuse bloom.