The Prince is another David Austin beauty.
You just have to love the colour of this rose. It is a magnificent deep, deep crimson. David Austin advises in his book , English Roses, that Graham Thomas believed The Prince to be the first variety of this shade to be introduced since 1840. It is a colour more characteristic of old Gallicas than modern roses.
The Prince’s flower is a slightly domed rosette, with a beautiful old-rose fragrance.
The Prince grows about half the height of an average shrub rose and is described by Botanica as having “a skimpy provision of dark leaves”. Typical of deep crimson roses, The Prince is not particularly vigorous. David Austin described The Prince as “not a weak growing variety”, which doesn’t instil confidence. Botanica advises The Prince “needs the dedication of a connoisseur” to thrive. I won’t tell mine that. It doesn’t get any special treatment and it is doing just fine, although it is no star performer. The Prince, reportedly, does better in warmer climates which may explain its survival.
The Prince is from Aloha strain, so even though it does not appear in more recent David Austin books where he classifies his roses into Groups, if it did, it would be classified as a member of David Austin’s Leander Group. All members of the Leander Group have Aloha as their foundation parent.
The Prince was introduced in 1990 by David Austin, England.