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Modern Roses: Rosa 'Tam o' Shanter'

Botanical name: Rosa 'Tam o' Shanter'

Common name: English Rose

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Photo credit: David Austin 2011
Modern Roses: Rosa 'Tam o' Shanter'
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 5a thru 9b

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Rosa ‘Tam o' Shanter’ (Auscerise) – Approximately 25 petals. Repeat-flowering. Its deep cerise, rosette-shaped flowers are loosely formed, held on long, gracefully arching branches that bear blooms along the full length as species rose branches do. It has a light, fruity fragrance. Its growth habit is upright and arching. The full, broad bush is healthy and robust and is equally at home in an informal garden or in a mixed border. It was named to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Tam o' Shanter is the hero of one of Burns' best-known poems, though today the name is most commonly associated with a type of Scottish hat. In the poem, Tam stays too long at the tavern on market day. During his ride home through spooky country he encounters a band of beguiling witches. Filled with liquid courage he shouts out at them and is pursued, leaping to safety just in time, but not before the most beautiful witch snatches off his horse's tail. Grows to 6 feet x 5 feet. Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 9.


David Austin Spring 2011

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