A Rose (Cherry Parfait) and a Tip for a Happy, Healthy and Successful Living

Cherry Parfait
Photo Credit – Jackson & Perkins Roses

Rose:   Cherry Parfait

Class:   Grandiflora

Date of Introduction:   2001

Parentage:   (Meidanu x Macman) x Meichoiju

Cherry Parfait is a beautiful red and white, bi-colored grandiflora hybridized by Meilland International in 2001 and introduced by Conard-Pyle. Cherry Parfait blooms with the white petals edged in red stand out in the garden and in the vase. The flower size is 3 ½ to 4 inches with a petal count of 35-40 with a slight fragrance. As her large, perfectly formed, exhibition-style blooms open up, a phenomenon called phototropism changes the white pigments in the petals to pink and red along the edges. This happens as the petals are exposed to the ultra-violet rays of the sun. This phenomenon can be quite stunning. After the blooms open up, they slowly change to all pink as they age. Soon, they are replaced by numerous other bi-colored blooms.

Cherry Parfait is a low-growing rose with a rounded growth habit. Its dark green foliage with long, straight stems is highly disease resistant. Cherry Parfait thrives in high temperatures during the long, summer months but needs winter protection to protect her from the high winter wind. This attractive bi-colored rose is very attractive throughout the season and very floriferous. With its stunning coloration accentuated by dark foliage, Cherry Parfait also is very effective in mass planting. Cherry Parfait makes a great companion plant for perennials and is also an excellent container plant.

Cherry Parfait is the 2003 Grandiflora winner of the All-American Rose Selections (AARS) award. Cherry Parfait with its showy bi-colored petals is always a treat for the eyes.

Tip #24 – Make a good first impression.

Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

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