"...fragrance nor cold-hardiness", I should have said. ;-) Alas, I doubt it would like a winter where you are. But even if some of its traits get a little... ah... diluted in future progeny, it might be a fun parent for you to cross with something uber-hardy. I quite truthfully vacillate between loving and hating the plant from what I see online. I would have to see how well it pulls off"the look" in real life to really know if it's a plant I could live with, or a gaudy novelty to admire from afar with little more than a, "Gee, that's something..." comment. But one of my main beef with some of the roses Kim mentioned is, I think, health and garden performance. I have tried Rio Samba and Pinata on a couple occasions, and have been underwhelmed each time. They never made it to year two.
[size=small][color=#669966]Zone 8 / Sunset Zn 30 (Austin, TX -- formerly New Orleans, LA)[/color][/size]