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Rosa 'American Beauty'
The hybrid perpetual has cup-shaped flowers with a brilliant crimson colour and up to 50 petals, situated on long stiff stems. The buds are thick and globular and open to strongly scented, hybrid tea-like flowers with a diameter of 11 cm. They appear in flushes over a long period, but according to the RHS Encyclopedia of Roses, only sparingly. The height of the upright, vigorous shrub ranges between 90 and 200 centimetres (3.0 and 6.6 ft) at an average width of 90 to 125 centimetres (2.95 to 4.10 ft). 'American Beauty' has prickly shoots, dark green foliage and is winter hardy up to -29 °C (USDA zone 5), but is susceptible to the fungi diseases mildew, rust and black spot. It is well suited as cut flower, and can be grown in greenhouses, in containers or as garden rose, planted solitary or in groups.
In 1875 it was brought to the United States by George Valentine Nash.
The flower is commemorated in the Joseph Lambragtime composition "American Beauty Rag".'American Beauty' is the official flower of the District of Columbia.