Family : Rosaceae
Class : Modern shrubby rose
Text and pictures © Giuseppe Mazza
English translation by Mario Beltramini
Created at Gutersloh in Germany in 1998 by Reinhard Noack, ‘Alcantara’ is a landscape shrub rose, known also as ‘Flower Carpet Red Velvet’, ‘Red Velvet’, ‘Velvet Flower Carpet’ and ‘Vesuvia’. All names do refer to its flaming velvety flowers.
It is not an individualist rose, but a rose singing chorally, with tiny flowers hardly reaching the 4 cm, with 7-8 carmine red petals, well arranged, in pleasant contrast with the showy golden stamens. They open one close to the other, unassuming, to create joyful spots of colour in the garden until late autumn.
Here the fragrance is not necessary: important is the remontancy and a healthy shrub, that in this case forms compact tufts of 40-70 cm with glossy dark green leaves resistant to drought, cold and diseases.
Excellent groundcover plant and for borders.
Variety denomination : NOAre
‘Ricarda’ × seedling of ‘Flower Carpet’