Drop Dead Red Rose (Rosa ‘WEKcharlie’)

Drop Dead Red Rose

Imagine the little black dress paired with a strand of genuine pearls and long white gloves. Now, tell me…what color lipstick comes to mind? That fabulous red that’s perfectly balanced between warm and cool tones? Yes, that’s the one!

If you are going with red Roses, why not make it a real statement? Drop Dead Red™ (Rosa ‘WEKcharlie’) Floribunda has style in spades! Drop Dead Red™ Roses feature up to 30 beautifully arranged petals per bloom. Their formal look is sleek and symmetrical!

This bushy, shiny, showy plant is a very special Rose hybridized by Tom Carruth. It stands out not just for the color of these special blooms, but also for their wonderful texture. Velvety petals feel the way a Rose should as you drag a single bloom across your cheek. Thick petals grab hold of the saturated hue and won’t let go!

The brilliant red of Drop Dead Red™ doesn’t fade, so the perfect cut blooms last a long time in vases. Include some of the deep green glossy foliage to pop that color in your floral arrangements! Why pay for a single bouquet when you can grow armloads of these impeccable red blooms all season?

Even beginning gardeners have great success with this modern Floribunda Rose bush. Great genetics make it very resistant to common diseases like black spot and powdery mildew, especially when you give them the conditions they need to thrive. Growing throughout USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9, this modest shrub grows 3-5 feet in height and just a bit less in width at maturity.

Planting and Application:

Add sizzling drama with this eye-catching Rose bush. No one needs to know how easy-care this high-performance selection really is! Create a marvelous mass planting with staggered, zigzagging rows to enliven a boring backyard. Reimagine your existing evergreen trees and foundation plantings with a bold splash of this intense red.

Weave it into your perennial border, or add a lush red accent to your shrub border. Drop Dead Red Rose looks incredibly modern when paired with other Roses or used in formal landscapes! Keep one in an outdoor patio pot for a very noteworthy focal point. Buy two to use as matching sentries flanking either side of your front door!

Run several of them as a low hedge to create a natural barrier under windows in a sunny side yard. You’ll want to invest in a good pair of leather gloves to work with their thorny canes, and intruders will think twice, too!

Your cut flower gardens will have romantic vase arrangements brimming in sultry red blooms, and your pollinators will stay fat and happy with the rich nectar resource you’ve provided them! And of course, if your Rose garden is missing this crucial color, then Drop Dead Red™ is an absolute must-have!

  • Jaw-Droppingly Delicious Red Rose!
  • Classic Red Hue Stays True to the Very Finish of the Flower
  • Floribunda With Pointed, Shapely Buds
  • Cutting-Quality, Double, Formal Blooms Held in Clusters
  • Highly Glossed Deep Green Leaves
  • Upright, Slightly Rounded & Bushy Growth Habit

Tips for Care:

With Roses, the most important thing you can do is pick a great planting site. Drop Dead Roses grow best in full sun with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day and good air circulation to do their best! Provide a location with the morning sun to dry their leaves and prevent water from the hose and sprinklers from wetting their leaves.

Water regularly, especially throughout the hot summer months. Plant in enriched, highly organic and fertile soil that is well-drained – never becoming soggy. Be dedicated to a consistent watering schedule. Use automatic timing on a soaker hose for a blissfully easy solution for both in-ground and container-grown Roses. Apply a three-inch layer of mulch over the roots to keep them nice and cool. Don’t let it directly touch the canes…pull it back a few inches all the way around them.

  • Full Sun
  • Moist Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Regular Fertility & Watering
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Mulch Very Well
  • Outstanding Disease Resistance!

You’ll be inspired by this Floribunda Rose, and so will your visitors. Hint, hint…Drop Dead Red™ Rose makes a great gift for any occasion.

Drop Dead Red Rose (Rosa ‘WEKcharlie’) Details

Common name Drop Dead Red Rose
Botanical name Rosa 'WEKcharlie'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Fast
Height 3 - 5 ft.
Width 3 - 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Red