Splendid orange vermillion 'Nelson Mandela Rose' unveiled to mark his centenary

A special limited edition rose has been cultivated and named after the first black South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Celebrity gardener and a friend to Mandela, Keith Kirsten says the roses are going to be grown by five licensed growers across the country and can be purchased in pots at garden centres.

He says the proceeds will go to the Nelson Mandela Foundation which continues his legacy.

Hopefully the rose is a symbol of Madiba himself who stood for love and uniting people of all kinds.

Keith Kirsten, Founder at Keith Kirsten Garden Centre

We encourage councils, parks, corporate and government offices to plant them in their gardens to celebrate Madiba.

Keith Kirsten, Founder at Keith Kirsten Garden Centre

Kirsten says the rose is unveiled to mark the centenary of the birth of Mandela and this week also marks 28 years when Mandela was released from prison.

The floribunda rose grows into a large bush, explains Kirsten, and will make a splendid show in your garden.

It grows about a metre in the garden...it has very lovely ruffled petals,

Keith Kirsten, Founder at Keith Kirsten Garden Centre

It is not a typical red...it is a beautiful colour.

Keith Kirsten, Founder at Keith Kirsten Garden Centre

The rose is an orange vermillion.

More of the roses will be available from July.

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