Introduced in Austalia in 1928 by Alister Clark
We have great expectations of this climber developed by the Australian Amateur hybridizer, Alister Clark. The Countess has been touted by at least one rose connoisseur as being "possibly the finest red climber ever developed". We are just beginning to grow this rose but have already fallen under the spell of the velvety high centered form, fragrance, and color of the blooms. Amazingly, for a red rose of such refinement and fragrance, the plant seems to be relatively healthy. We do not know how hardy this rose is and would appreciate reports from anyone growing it in zones colder than Z7. Now that blocks to importation have been eased, I look forward to making available other fine roses from overseas.