Gold Sovereign

My plant is still relatively young as it is not readily available.  The lower photo shows some of its identifying characteristics such as the very short red flares and the very fine and uneven stamens. The stamens are “naked” meaning that they cannot produce pollen.  I am happy my plant fits the description given by Reath and Saunders!  Doesn’t always happen!

Cultivar: Gold Sovereign
Year: 1949
Seedling No: 14300D
Group: Tea Rose
Flower: Color: bright lemon yellow, very small red flares mostly hidden, paler as age
Form: full semi-double
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 6, pale green
Stigmas: light yellow 
Sheath: light yellow (“cream” Reath and Saunders)
Stamens: filaments yellow, fine, uneven
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green, shining, some red in stems
Foliage form: typical
Height: 42″ on 5 year old plant
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Rare – mine came from a European nursery