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'Softee, Softee' rose Description
'Softee, Softee' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Rupert, Kim L.
HMF Ratings:
14 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Pink blend Miniature.
Registration name: Softee, Softee
Exhibition name: Softee, Softee
Origin:
Bred by Kim L. Rupert (United States).
Class:
Miniature.  
Bloom:
Pink and white, pink center.  Mild to strong, musk fragrance.  Average diameter 1".  Small to medium, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, in large clusters, button-eye, flat bloom form.  Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  
Habit:
Bushy, spreading, thornless (or almost).  Medium, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of up to 2' (up to 60 cm).  Width of up to 2' (up to 60 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, garden or ground cover.  Disease susceptibility: disease resistant.  
Breeder's notes:
Softee represents the combination of the two most important of Ralph Moore's breeding roses, 0-47-19 (R. Wichurana X Floradora) and 1-72-1 (Little Darling X Yellow Jewel). It's fragrant, disease resistant, totally thornless, continuous blooming and pretty! I raised a generation of self seedlings to see what may be available from it. 'Softee, Softee' is the most interesting of the lot. It's thornless; continuous blooming; disease resistant; and a bit old fashioned looking with its ragged, very double blooms.

The plant grows a bit like Mr. Moore's Red Fairy, low, spreading, with upright bloom clusters forming along the ends of the canes. The plant would make a nice groundcover as well as be quite attractive budded as a patio standard. The flowers range from blush pink and white, to medium pink with white markings. The color is quite dependant upon the weather. I hope to use it for further breeding.
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