Often described asa strong orange blend, there is no doubt the specimens on this page are more red than orange. And yes, the camera did capture the true tones of this rose.
But regardless of whether it’s orange or red, Las Vegas is a beautiful rose. Perhaps not as fragrant as some of our favorite red roses (such as Chrysler Imperial) but a lovely bloomer all the same.
Flowers are large, fully double, with the undersides of the petals a pale cream to yellow color. Growth is not overly vigorous, but it will reach 3-4 feet or thereabouts. I think this rose is best suited planted in a group rather than singly. It has won a couple of awards, the Geneva gold medal 1985, and the Portland gold medal 1988.
The photos above were taken at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, but we also have this rose as a standard at home. That puts the blooms at head height, meaning you can get to see the pale underside of the petals. Not a lot of scent, but very pretty flowers. However, we do find the petals tend to “burn” in the hotter weather.
- Class: Hybrid Tea Large-Flowered Shrub.
- Availability: Commercially available.
- Origin:1981 by Kordes.
- Bloom: Large Orange/Red flowers, cream undersides. Mild fragrance. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
- Habit: Shrub to 4′
- Disease susceptibility: Disease resistant.
- Parentage: Ludwigshafen am Rhein x Feuerzauber