Slater’s Crimson China
‘Slater’s Crimson’ is probably the oldest documented rose in cultivation. DNA analysis shows it to be one of the parents of ‘Old Blush’ which has been identified in Chinese paintings from the 19th century.So it must be even older than that. ‘Slater’s Crimson’ was introduced to Britain from China in the late 18th century. It is a bright dark red with the distinctive white streaks running through the inner petals. It opens pink, even pale pink, but darkens with age as many tea roses do. Either single or in small clusters, the flowers come on a dense, twiggy bush that takes time to build up to its full size. Flowering all year, it is a common rose in hot climates. More than one rose is grown and sold under this name. Many are open-pollinated seedlings of the original.