(Pronounced: RED cas-CADE)
Although 'Red Cascade' really wants to be a ground cover rose, it can be trained on a pillar or tripod with very dramatic effect.
Chain link fences do not make ideal rose structures by any means, but this picture illustrates the very small size of the 'Red Cascade' blooms. Even though the flowers are tiny, each one has hundreds of perfect little petals.
When 'Red Cascade' starts to bloom it becomes a mass of flowers. The number of buds shown here indicates the extent of the full display in the spring.
'Red Cascade' blooms are plentiful and long lasting. When cut, the blooms retain their shape and color nicely. But beware! Red Cascade has even more prickles than flowers, and they bite!
'Red Cascade' is a ground cover rose with tiny, dark blood red, very double blooms. Left to its own devices, it will descend to the ground and try to escape from any confining bed or environment.
However, with persistence 'Red Cascade' can be trained as a spectacular moderate climber or pillar rose.
(R. Wichurana X 'Floradora')
Moore, Ralph S.
'Red Cascade' was introduced by Moore (USA) in 1976.
1976 [ United States ]
|PLANT SIZE |
Height: 8 ' to 10 ' Width: 4 ' to 5 '
'Red Cascade' will try to be an expansive ground cover but it can be trained as a 12' to 18' climber.
The foliage is small, dark green, leathery, vigorous, and glossy.
R - Repeat. 'Red Cascade' starts blooming mid-spring (late April in the Texas Hill Country) and repeats throughout the growing season. It is seldom out of bloom, although the number of blooms will be reduced in the heat of the summer.
The spring bloom is the best.
| Flower Size: .75" to 1.00" Cluster Size: 5 to 10 Petal Count: 30 to 50 |
'Red Cascade' flowers are very small (3/4" - 1-1/4") and occur in large sprays. Each bloom is very double, containing hundreds of tiny pointed petals.
The overall shape of the flower when it opens is cupped, but it continues to flatten like a tiny saucer.
dr - Dark Red. 'Red Cascade' blooms are dark blood red.
|COLOR VARIATION:|| |
NF - Not Fragrant. 'Red Cascade' has no fragrance.
Zones 5 - 9
'Red Cascade' is tolerant of poor soils and semi-shade.
'Red Cascade' is very easy to propagate from cuttings and it will spontaneously root itself where canes touch the ground.
'Red Cascade' is usually considered to be a ground cover rose, but it has a tendency to mound up and if pruned it will actually form a hedge that can be 3' high and 8' wide.
'Red Cascade' makes a wonderful hanging basket, but the plant soon outgrows the basket unless it is a VERY LARGE basket.
American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 487.
American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 494.
Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 60.
Druitt, Liz. The Organic Rose Garden. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company. 1996, pp. 31, 103, 105, 167-168.