Hybrid Tea Rose 'Folklore'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Folklore
Additional cultivar information:(aka KORlor, Selbar 01105)
Hybridized by Kordes
Registered or introduced: 1977
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Hybrid Tea


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

Bloom Color:

Orange and orange blend (ob)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are very 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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Decatur, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Casco, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 16, 2020, Debbiefrmn from Decatur, IL wrote:

We moved to this home in 1985 and somewhere between then and 1990 we planted a Folklore bush on the south side of the home in full sun. It was against the house so I think planted in ''fill'' around the foundation as all other roses planted in clay have since died. This one lives on. In Illinois, USA it seems to act oddly in that it thrives on drought and does poorly in wet, moist seasons. Our bush has often gotten as tall as 5 ft The flowers are large and beautiful if cold night air doesn't affect the buds. It can be a woody mess but I cut it back and it send new strong stems up. I think the wood borers love it but it still seems to thrive. I would love to find another to plant along another part of the house.


On Nov 11, 2016, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

I planted a Folklore rose in the spring of 2015. It has survived and produces truly beautiful roses with a fine fragrance. The blooms have classic hybrid-tea form as they spiral open, When they first open, the have gorgeous peach-and-pink petals with a creamy reverse.

Yet I rate this rose only as neutral, because the bush grew poorly. It remained quite short and scraggly for a hybrid tea, and blooms were few. The 2015-16 winter was milder than usual and the rose was buried in ground, but the bush survived poorly, with very little alive in the spring. The growth in 2016 was better than in 2015, but was again poor.

If this rose survives the winter, I may cull it in the spring, depending on how much survives, because of the poor growth it has in my garden.


On Jul 19, 2010, SerenaSYH from Overland Park-Kansas City, KS wrote:

Beautiful spriraling hybrid tea form and wonderful scent! A gorgeous rose!


On Jun 10, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in Germany.

Seed: Fragrant Cloud
Pollen: Seedling