A topsy-turvy attention-getter, this bi-color medal-grabber makes your eyeballs salute ’cause the two colors are outside-in. Or is it inside-out? The lighter lasting golden-orange color is on the inside with a distinct darker bronzy-red outside. Yet it’s not just the flying colors that will cause a flap. It’s a turning point as a plant, too, with superb vigor, lush clean green leaves and loads of bloom.
Orange, darker reverse. Flowers: Orange blend, deep orange-gold upper, burnished red reverse.. Mild to strong, apple, fruity fragrance. 26 to 30 petals. Average diameter 4″. Medium, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped, globular, old-fashioned bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Pointed, ovoid buds.
Tall, armed with thorns / prickles, upright, well-branched. Large, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.
Height of 5′ to 6′ (150 to 185 cm).
Hybridizer: Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, 2003)
Seed: [O Sole Mio ® x Seedling] x Midas Touch ™
Pollen: Hot Cocoa ™