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  Rosa 'Cocktail' - Red blend shrub rose (1957)
 
Rosa Cocktail
Rosa Cocktail planted in the San Marcos Growers garden.
 
This charming Meilland rose was created in 1957 by crossing the hybrid of Rosa 'Independence' (Orange-red & orange-red blend floribunda - 1951) and 'Orange Triumph' (Medium red floribunda- 1937) with Rosa 'Phyllis Bide' (A yellow/pink blend climbing polyantha/ rambler - 1923). Flowering continuously through summer, this bright rose has clusters of single golden-eyed cherry-red flowers that age so the red intensifies and the yellow fades to cream. The character of the plant is that of an upright shrub, 6 feet tall by 4 ft. wide, with thorny stems and numerous green, deeply serrated leaves. It can used as a hedging rose or can also be used as a stiff climber growing to 8 ft. or more supported by a fence or other plants. This tough disease resistant rose was once more common in gardens and is ready to make a comeback. A specimen of this rose once graced the fence near the back entrance to the nursery accounting office. Hardy to zones 4-9. Sadly we no longer grow this nice rose but may yet bring it back into production.