Created by Elsie Watson of Washington State by crossing 'Loderi Venus' x 'The Honorable Jean Marie de Montague'. Since Jean Marie has the fragrant species R. griffithianum in its parentage, and 'Loderi Venus' is fragrant, the outcome can be fragrant. 'Fragrant Red' is very slightly fragrant, and is a very light red, but is a very attractive foliage plant. We believe this hybrid is a stepping stone for creating hardy fragrant new hybrids with stronger colors. Crossing this hybrid with itself may be the best 'first step' to obtaining a darker red with more fragrance. Anyone out there willing to try?