(Plant Patent) shrub
The long pointed, ovoid buds of Guardsman red (RHSCC 45A) open to semi-double (12-18 petals), cupped, 3.5-4 inch blooms of post office red (RHSCC 45B) which age to rose bengal (RHSCC 57D) and open flat. The blooms are borne in clusters of 3-5 and have a pleasant, sweet scent. The leathery, medium-glossy foliage is arras green (RHSCC 129A) and had good field tolerance to foliar disease. The thorns are brown and awl-like. The upright, vigorous plant is bushy and blooms freely from June until killing frost. The plants are winter-hardy in Iowa without protection.