'Softee' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Robert Neil Rippetoe
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White, near white or white blend Miniature.Registration name: MORfree
White and yellow, yellow center. Mild fragrance. Average diameter 1.5". Small, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, high-centered to cupped, high-centered to flat bloom form. Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season. Small, pointed, ovoid buds.
Medium, bushy, dense, thornless (or almost). Small, semi-glossy, medium green, dense foliage.
Height of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm). Width of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, garden, hedge, landscape, rock garden, shrub or specimen. Vigorous. can be grown as a shrub. flowers drop off cleanly. shade tolerant. Disease susceptibility: disease resistant. Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that. Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection). Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.
Common Rose names for lineage: [(Rosa wichurana Crépin x Floradora) x (Little Darling x Yellow Magic (miniature, Moore 1970) )]
Ludwig's Roses says Softee is completely thornless.
Detailed parentage provided by Kim Rupert, 2005
As this rose wasn't available commercially at the time, Mr. Moore donated it to The Huntington Library in 2001 for their fund raising efforts. Kim Rupert
According to the Chamblee's Rose Nursery website, "Jefferson Rose" was found by Mark Chamblee by the side of the road in Jefferson, Texas, not far from the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas state lines. The identification of "Jefferson Rose" as 'Softee' is conclusive. An April 2011 comparison of ISSR gel strips of "Jefferson" and 'Softee' by Margaret Staelens shows no differences in marker bands. Margaret Digmann, David C. Zlesak and Scott Ballantyne, of University of Wisconsin, River Falls, published an article in the Spring, 2012, that displayed the genetic fingerprints of both roses. See References.