‘Falstaff’ bears large, shallowly cupped blooms of rich, dark crimson, which eventually turn a wonderful shade of rich purple. They are of exquisite form and quality, packed with numerous petals which interfold at the centre. This helps to create a lovely, glowing effect within an enclosed saucer of outer petals. There is a powerful Old Rose fragrance.
It forms a substantial bushy shrub with strong, rather upright growth; the flowers nodding nicely on the stem. The foliage is quite large and rather modern in character. It also makes an impressive short climber.