I recently received a bouquet of Houdini roses. Try as I might, I can find no explanation for the name or origins of this type of hybrid. As Houdini was a master of illusion, maybe the name refers to the strange visual effect of these flowers.
These roses resemble the layered tissue-paper petals of the Ranunculus head, but in the Houdini rose, the central 'petticoat' produces what looks like a cluster of hazelnut husks. The result is very strange; green, feathery forms burst out in an aesthetic, but artificial way...