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'Rosa Mundi' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 44-516
most recent 9 MAY 10 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 9 MAY 10 by Northspruce
This rose is cane hardy below the snow line in zone 2b, Manitoba Canada. It doesn't get tall here, usually maximum 18" or so, but it blooms a lot. Mine was purchased own-root and after 5 years has started to sucker quite a lot up to 2' away. Half my plant has reverted back to solid pink but I like it both ways.
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Discussion id : 38-162
most recent 23 JUL 09 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 22 JUL 09 by Crapulax
I have had 6 of these in two groups of three lining up my front walkway since 2005. Here are the conditions under which they are grown:

-In Qu├ębec City, Qc, Canada, zone 4. Long, cold, humid and snowy winters; hot and humid summers
-No winter protection whatsoever; they're usually covered in snow from late december to mid-march; usually with no more than three feet of snow and with one side quite exposed.
-Grown in full sun, in a well-drained soil that has been well-furnished with compost but without other fertilizers.
-No pesticides of any type
-Some physical damage every year due to snow removal.
-No pruning

My results:

-Some winter damage at the tips but it's rather minor. It's quickly covered up by new growth anyway; I've never had to prune them for this reason.
-Blooms from late june to late july/early august. A striking display to say the least. flowers are large and abundant. Few hips. Fragrance is light but pleasant.
-A lot of aphids on shoot tips and buds during some years but no real damage. Susceptible to caterpillar damage but not as much as many other varieties; I've never had it badly defoliated.
-No disease of any kind were ever observed.
-Grafted; first sucker was seen 3 years after planting; one more the following year (now). I expect it to eventually sucker more.
-Planted 3 in a line 9 feet long. Plants filled up well and make a uniform low hedge about 30 inches high by 30 inches wide.

All in all, one of my most loved plants in my garden. Though I normally favour rebloomers and roses with a strong fragrance, the show that this variety gives is so amazing that it's more than forgiven for blooming only 6 weeks and having only a faint fragrance. Its winter hardiness and overall health and form are icing on the cake. A must-have.

UPDATE - JUNE 2010

Last summer, all six plants were basically razed to the ground and trampled on for three weeks in late june for work on the outside on the house. At the end of the season, I had abundant, albeit short, growth on all six plants, averaging 6 inches in height. This summer, it's as if none of this had ever happened; the plants are flowering as usual and overall growth is excellent. The worst that I could say is that the plants are - maybe - a few inches shorter than usual. Only 4 suckers since planting so far, counting the two mentioned earlier.

Also note that we have had a very unusual winter this year and I expected some damage. Snow cover was very thin and disappeared altogether very early; the plants vere exposed to several serious frosts (-15 C to -20 C) long after snowmelt.

Again, a very hardy and vigorous plant; I still heartily recommend it.

UPDATE - MAY 2016

I have sold the house where these have been planted but I frequently drive or walk by it. The owners are clearly letting my flowerbeds go wild. Gallica Versicolor is definitely winning over the front of the house and the original six plants now cover an area about 9 feet by 9 feet. And they're still spreading... So, again, a very hardy plant, suckering can be a problem but is manageable if you take the rogues out every year.
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 23 JUL 09 by Palustris
'Rosa Mundi' is one of my favorites too. Mine has been moved twice and lived in a pot for a year two but has now been in her permanent home for two years and with this year's rain I am expecting big things from her next year!
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Discussion id : 15-215
most recent 30 NOV 06 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 30 NOV 06 by Michele's Rose Garden
This is my first season with this beautiful rose. The flowers are beautiful with a delicate air about them. I love it! These photos do it justice.
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Discussion id : 5-088
most recent 25 FEB 04 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
WHOM WAS THIS ROSE NAMED AFTER?
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
Rosamond Clifford
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