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'Scarlet Knight' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Harris, Peter G.
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Medium red Grandiflora.
Registration name: Samouraï ® (grandiflora, Meilland, 1966)
Exhibition name: Scarlet Knight
Bred by Marie-Louise (Louisette) Meilland (Paolino) (1920-1987) (France, before 1966).
Introduced in France by URS (Universal Rose Selection)-Meilland in 1966.
Introduced in Australia by Treloar Roses in 1967 as 'Samouraï'.
Introduced in United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 1967.
Red, ruby-red shading, purple shading.  Mild fragrance.  25 to 30 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, upright.  Large, bronze-green, leathery foliage.  

Height: 30" to 33" (75 to 85cm).  
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Produces decorative hips.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  
United States - Patent No: PP 2,692  on  13 Dec 1966   VIEW USPTO PATENT
According to Peter Harris, when 'Scarlet Knight' is used in a rosebreeding program it will produce nearly 100% reds and red bicolors if selfed, which means it's a dominant red/bicolor.