Hybrid Tea Rose 'Kordes Perfecta'


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

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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

Louisville, Kentucky

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Haviland, Ohio

Hilliard, Ohio

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Iredell, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Sterling, Virginia

Longview, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 30, 2016, Bluezinnia from Louisville, KY wrote:

This is my favorite of all hybrid teas, ever. The lush oldfashioned bloom shape, exquisite colors, beautiful photochromic color change, floriferous nature and light but really lovely fragrance just bowl me over. And it's a;ways been pretty healthy for me, and stays reasonable in size.

Alas, I lost my most recent one to rose rosette disease spread by my landlord's (bleep)ing Knockouts..But I got pictures, and will post them if I can scope out this interface.

KP is not easy to find from garden centers or catalogs, but occasionally Walmart or even Big Lots has it. Do look out for rose rosette disease when you buy ANY rose cheap, though; it's spread by a microscopic mite, and can devastate not only your own roses but every rose on your block.


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

(Golden Scepter Karl Herbst)


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.


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... read more


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

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 1604 has expired


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.



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.