'Softee, Softee' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Robert Neil Rippetoe
Pink blend Miniature.
Registration name: Softee, Softee
Exhibition name: Softee, Softee
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.
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).
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.
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.