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'Leading Lady ™' rose Description
'Leading Lady ™ (mini-flora, Benardella 2006)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Cliff's High Desert Garden Archival Dec, 2011 last updated 101812
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
BENuno
HMF Ratings:
19 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
White, near white or white blend Mini-Flora.
Registration name: BENuno
Exhibition name: Leading Lady ™
Origin:
Bred by Frank A. Benardella (United States, circa 1998).
Introduced in United States by Nor' East Miniature Roses in 2007 as 'Leading Lady'.
Class:
Mini-Flora.  
Bloom:
White or white blend.  White/pink upper; white reverse.  Moderate fragrance.  23 to 26 petals.  Average diameter 2.75".  Large, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, exhibition, high-centered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Large buds.  
Habit:
Medium, upright.  Medium, glossy, medium green foliage.  
Height of up to 3' (up to 90 cm).  Width of up to 2' (up to 60 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b through 10b.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, garden or specimen.  Hardy.  Disease susceptibility: disease resistant.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  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.  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 18,860  on  3 Jun 2008   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 11/263,669  on  31 Oct 2005
Notes:
Extraordinary, creamy white mini-flora bloom edged with soft, delicate pink. Dark green foliage clothes the vigorous, disease resistant plant and provides an excellent backdrop for the long-lasting, perfectly formed flowers.