Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has developed a new line of rose cultivars called the Canadian Artists™ cultivar group. This new series is similar to the well-known Parkland and Explorer rose cultivar groups (Richer and Davidson, 2004) and demonstrates the active participation of the Canadian industry in the development of roses. The second cultivar from this new cultivar group, ‘Emily Carr’, was available in June 2007 in memory of the Canadian artist Emily Carr, a famous female painter. She started her career with the “Group of Seven”, a group of famous Canadian painters in a national exposition in 1927. Landscapes and autochthonic culture scenes were her major painting subjects. She created dynamic paintings of the west coast of Canada that are still popular today. She was born in Victoria (British Columbia) in 1881 and died in 1945.
Rosa ‘Emily Carr’ was selected for growth habit, excellent winter-hardiness, red flower color, large flower size, long flowering period, and disease resistance. The regular shape of its semidouble red flowers helps to distinguish ‘Emily Carr’ from similar cultivars.
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