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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Kordes Perfecta'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kordes Perfecta
Additional cultivar information: (aka KORalu, Perfecta, Perfekta, PP1604)
Hybridized by Kordes; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1957

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Hybrid Tea

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:
Patent expired

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral DaylilySLP On Mar 1, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

(Golden Scepter Karl Herbst)

Positive midgey On Jun 27, 2014, midgey from Denver, CO wrote:

After a major tornadic hail storm that beat it down to nubs and also several frosts, and here we are end of June with a massive flush of gorgeous old fashioned classic looking roses. The bi color is absolutely beautiful, painting like, flawless. I couldn't think of another bi color better, it's like a 1950's lapel or corsage rose. Have one that's about 18 years old but this one is a new body bag 4.95 wal mart. If that's not proof of what a strong vigorous beauty it is. A must for any rose garden.

Positive dontruman On Jun 8, 2010, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:

This is the most vigorous rose in my collection of 33 variegates. Six weeks after planting out from a pot purchased at Home Depot, the the plant is covered with large buds and is beginning a major flush. I also discovered that in the last two weeks it has put out two new canes from the bud graft. They are as big around as my index finger at the base and approximately 10 inches tall. Every day you can see how much the entire plant has grown; up to half an inch a day. It was blooming when I purchased it and the blossoms are exquisite, second only to Double Delight among the multicolored varieties. This is a very satisfying rose to grow and I highly recommend it. Just remember to follow proper rose planting procedures in well drained soil with lots of mulch (2-3 inches). I use organic 2 year fertilizer tablets at time of planting (12-8-8 from AgSafe) and follow up with weekly applications of Miracle Grow, alternating between their standard product (24-8-16) and their Super Bloom (10-52-10) Note: (be sure and NOT spray the leaves or you'll have black spot & mildew). The instructions on the Home Depot label are quite good: water daily until established and deeply once every 7 to 10 days. I leave the hose out at a slow trickle for 24 hours to provide the deep soaking. These planting procedures have proven to be very effective with all my roses. I live in a hot climate (same latitude as Cairo, Egypt) and our average daytime high temperatures during the warm season run in the 80s & 90s six months a year with high humidity and intense sunlight. Growing hybrid roses can be a challenge under these conditions but you can have excellent results.

It's been a year now and this rose continues to impress. The spring foliage is solid red and lush from top to bottom with very little bare cane showing (the old foliage fell off as the new growth started in January). The plant is budding vigorously and promises a wonderful display. Last year it bloomed in frequent flushes of 5 inch blossoms from the time I planted it until the first hard frost. It is without doubt the most vigorous (modern) hybrid rose in my garden.

Neutral Joan On Sep 18, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 1604 has expired
Positive JaxFlaGardener On Jan 6, 2008, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant came to me as a bargain "cull pack" purchase from Lowe's. It recovered from the stress readily and has bloomed nicely. The classic shape and light fragrance make it very attractive to me.


Positive ctindell On Jun 2, 2006, ctindell from Sterling, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This rose has surpassed my expectations. The shape of the rose is beautiful, very full. I love the color, and the way the ends curl. I like it enough to have more than one in my garden. This is its first year and it is a vigorous grower and very healthy.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dothan, Alabama
Gadsden, Alabama
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Jacumba, California
Pittsburg, California
Denver, Colorado
Jacksonville, Florida
Hampton, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Haviland, Ohio
Hilliard, Ohio
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Iredell, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Sterling, Virginia
Longview, Washington

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